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She Helped Her Father Die, but 'Suicide' Isn't the Right Word

Esme Deprez writes of her father's battle with ALS, and his decision to use a new Maine law

(Newser) - In April of this year, 75-year-old Ron Deprez became the second person to use Maine's new assisted-suicide law to end his life. That's the short version. But in a lengthy and moving piece for Bloomberg , daughter Esme Deprez fills in the details about her father's life and...

Germany Overturns Its Assisted Suicide Law

Court finds ban on professionally assisted suicide is unconstitutional

(Newser) - "Commercial promotion of assisted suicide" is no longer a criminal offense in Germany. The country's top court on Wednesday determined that a 2015 law that banned professionally assisted suicide is unconstitutional. Judge Andreas Vosskuhle found that the ban violates a citizen's right to determine their own death...

Canada Pushes for Big Change to Assisted-Death Law

Country looking to expand eligibility to include those who aren't in immediate risk of dying

(Newser) - Canada's assisted-death law could soon apply to people who aren't in immediate risk of dying. The proposed changes announced Monday would "remove the requirement for a person's natural death to be reasonably foreseeable," Justice Minister David Lametti said, per Reuters . People suffering solely from mental...

She Got the Death She Wanted, With David Bowie and Pizza

Cancer patient Kerry Robertson, 61, is first Aussie to die under new assisted-suicide law

(Newser) - It took nearly a month to go through the approval process, but an Australian woman finally got her wish and ended her own life last month. The BBC reports that 61-year-old Kerry Robertson became the first Aussie to take advantage of a new law currently available only in the state...

It's Now Legal for the Terminally Ill to End Their Lives in This State

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law in April; it went into effect today

(Newser) - It's now legal for terminally ill New Jersey adults to end their lives with a doctor's help. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act back in April , and it went into effect Thursday, CNN reports. The bill passed with...

Man Arrested for Helping Dying Wife Commit Suicide

Kevin Conners says wife Lori had terminal cancer

(Newser) - A Westbrook, Connecticut, man helped his cancer-stricken wife to die by suicide and now faces manslaughter charges, state police said. Kevin Conners, 65, told investigators that he held a revolver to the head of his wife, Lori, 62, who pulled the trigger on Sept. 6, according to the arrest warrant....

Maine Becomes 8th State to Legalize Assisted Suicide
8th State Legalizes
Assisted Suicide

8th State Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Maine's governor hopes it will be 'used sparingly'

(Newser) - Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office. "It is my hope that this law,...

Teen Rape Survivor Who Requested Euthanasia Ends Her Life

17-year-old Noa Pothoven suffered PTSD and depression

(Newser) - "After years of struggling and fighting, it's over." So reads a Dutch teen's "sad last post" Saturday on her Instagram account , noting she'd stopped eating and drinking and would soon be free from "[unbearable] suffering." The Washington Post reports on the right-to-die...

Terminally Ill Adults Can Now End Their Lives in 8 States

New Jersey will join the group effective Aug. 1

(Newser) - "Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do," says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. And New Jersey is doing "the right thing." As of Aug. 1, medically assisted suicide will be available to irreversibly terminally ill adults...

Canadian Law Forces Woman to End Her Life Early
Canadian Law
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End Her Life Early
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Canadian Law Forces Woman to End Her Life Early

Audrey Parker advocated for a change in the law before her Nov. 1 death

(Newser) - Audrey Parker used Canada's medically assisted death law to legally end her life—but a provision in that law forced her to do so months earlier than she wanted to. The Guardian looks at the 57-year-old's case and the debate it has generated: Parker's stage 4 breast...

Judge Chucks Out Calif. Assisted Suicide Law

He says law was illegally passed

(Newser) - A California judge on Tuesday threw out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia said lawmakers acted illegally in passing the law during a special session devoted to other topics,...

Scientist, 104, Ends His Life as Planned

David Goodall had traveled to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal

(Newser) - David Goodall, the 104-year-old Australian scientist who campaigned for the legalization of assisted suicide, died Thursday in Switzerland, Fox News reports. Goodall, who spoke at length on the eve of his death about why he wanted to end his own life, administered a lethal drug under the guidance of doctors...

He Plans to Die Tomorrow. Here Are His Last Thoughts
Parting Words
From 104-Year-Old
on Eve of His Suicide

Parting Words From 104-Year-Old on Eve of His Suicide

David Goodall hopes effort to end his life will help others

(Newser) - David Goodall is now in Basel, Switzerland, and he'll only be there one more day: He plans to end his life via assisted suicide on Thursday. Though he welcomes death, the 104-year-old Australian botanist and ecologist hopes his legacy will soon be strengthened by the legalization of assisted suicide...

Scientist, 104, 'Resentful' He Has to End His Life Abroad

David Goodall is traveling from Australia to Switzerland for an assisted suicide

(Newser) - Australia's oldest scientist recently celebrated his 104th birthday, but it wasn't a joyous occasion. "I greatly regret having reached that age," David Goodall told ABC Australia in early April. "I'm not happy. I want to die." And that's exactly what Goodall, an...

Inventors Reveal New 'Suicide Machine'

Co-creator Philip Nitschke calls death the 'right of every rational adult'

(Newser) - Visitors at an Amsterdam funeral show Saturday were able to don virtual reality glasses and see their own suicide by nitrogen gas—all to imagine a new way of dying, the Guardian reports. Inventors Alexander Bannink and Philip Nitschke were there to show off a model of their "Sarco,...

Assisted Suicide Now Legal in a 6th State

Hawaii joins the list, which also includes California and Vermont

(Newser) - Hawaii became the latest state to legalize medically assisted suicide Thursday as the governor signed a measure into law allowing doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients to prescribe life-ending medication. "It is time for terminally ill, mentally competent Hawaii residents who are suffering to make their own...

After Man's Suicide, Ex Accused of His Murder

Prosecutors say she threw sulfuric acid on him, leading him to want to die

(Newser) - In September 2015, Berlinah Wallace, upset that her five-year relationship with Mark van Dongen was ending, allegedly threw sulfuric acid over him as he lay in bed at her apartment in Bristol, England. Fifteen months later, van Dongen, 29—who lost a leg, ear, and eye (as well as most...

Man Accused of Helping Teen Kill Herself: 'It Be Awesome'

Prosecutors allege Tyerell Przybycien was eager to help Jchandra Brown die

(Newser) - What a Utah man should've done, at least per one friend's advice, when 16-year-old Jchandra Brown told him she wanted to kill herself: talk her out of it. What Tyerell Przybycien is charged with doing instead: helping her set up and carry out her suicide, the Daily Herald ...

In Netherlands, 1 of Every 22 Deaths Happens via Euthanasia

Practice was legalized in 2002

(Newser) - Euthanasia has become a common way to die in the Netherlands, accounting for 4.5% of deaths, according to researchers who say requests are increasing from people who aren't terminally ill. In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world that made it legal for doctors to...

Colorado Votes for Right to Die
Colorado Votes for Right to Die

Colorado Votes for Right to Die

It's now 6th state to legalize assisted suicide

(Newser) - Proposition 106 has passed in Colorado, making the state the nation's sixth to legalize assisted suicide, reports 9NEWS . Adults who are terminally ill, with less than six months to live, and found to be mentally competent, can request life-ending medication—a high dose of secobarbital used in sleeping pills—...

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