September 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that he could never be set free ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a state law criminalizing speech that "advises" and "encourages" another's suicide is unconstitutional. In the suit filed against the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network after they were charged with the 2007 suicide of a Minnesota woman, ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The government of the Canadian province of Quebec introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon introduced the bill before the National Assembly. The proposed law provides special rules on the ...[read more]
May 14, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Swiss law does not provide sufficient guidelines on the extent of the right to die, in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 8 protects an individual's right to respect for private life, which was ...[read more]
August 16, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The High Court of England and Wales on Thursday denied the plea of a paralyzed man challenging the legitimacy of the Suicide Act 1961 and other laws barring his ability to commit suicide. Tony Nicklinson, 58, along with a 47-year-old man known only as Martin, brought the right-to-die case seeking ...[read more]
March 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese
A UK High Court justice decided Monday to let a right to die case proceed, the first to be allowed in British court. Justice William Charles ruled that a case brought by Tony Nicklinson, age 57, could proceed to hearing. Nicklinson is the victim of a paralyzing stroke and challenges the UK's ...[read more]
September 29, 2011
by Erin Bock
A UK High Court judge ruled Wednesday that a brain-damaged woman in a "minimally conscious" state does not meet statutory requirements to allow her family to discontinue life-sustaining treatment. The woman, known as "M," contracted viral encephalitis in February 2003, fell into a coma and ...[read more]
August 18, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed a right to die suit by the Farewell Foundation for lack of standing on Wednesday but encouraged the group to intervene in a similar suit later this year. The group reported that Judge Lynn Smith was very respectful of the questions they raised but ...[read more]
June 25, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 25, 2010, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that removing a patient from life support is not a criminal offense if the terminal individual had previously given consent. The ruling legalized the right to die and overturned the nine-month sentence of a lawyer who had been convicted ...[read more]
May 21, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 21, 2009, the South Korean Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling allowing a brain-damaged patient the right to die. The patient, a 76-year old woman on life-support at a Yonsei University medical center, was brain-dead and unable to survive without the use of a respirator. Chief Justice ...[read more]

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