January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Two Democratic state senators in California introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide and modeled the bill after the physician-assisted suicide law enacted by voters in Oregon in 1994. The bill would require two doctors to confirm that the patient has six months or less to live ...[read more]
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]
November 25, 2013
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Huang, University of Windsor Faculty of Law Class of 2016, discusses recent British Columbia Court of Appeals decision, Carter v. Canada, upholding the ban on assisted suicide...In the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) case Carter v. Canada (Attorney ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Laura Crestohl, McGill University Faculty of Law Class of 2014, explains Carter v. Canada and its impact of physician-assisted suicide...The case Carter v. Canada is bringing the issue of physician-assisted suicide back to the Canadian courts. In 2011, Lee Carter, Hollis ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday upheld Canada's law against doctor-assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith for the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled last year that the provisions of Canada's Criminal Code unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. She ...[read more]
May 21, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was passed by the ...[read more]
May 15, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The Vermont House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would allow a consulting physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill individual who meets certain criteria. For the first three years after its passage, the legislation will model Oregon's Death with ...[read more]
June 15, 2012
by Max Slater
The Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled Friday that provisions of Canada's Criminal Code that forbid physician-assisted suicide unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. In her ruling, Justice Lynn Smith acknowledged that physician-assisted suicide is an issue that has sharply ...[read more]
February 2, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 2, 2007, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled that people with serious mental illnesses may be permitted to commit physician assisted suicide under certain conditions. The decision recognized "that an incurable, permanent, serious mental disorder can cause similar suffering ...[read more]
December 5, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 5, 2008, the Montana First Judicial District ruled that terminally ill patients in the state have the right to physician-assisted suicide. The plaintiffs in the case, Baxter v. Montana, alleged that their right to assisted suicide was guaranteed by the Montana Constitution under ...[read more]

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