May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. ...[read more]
May 3, 2015
by Cassandra Baubie
JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law-Camden, discusses the controversy over whether there should or must be a constitutional right allowing the terminally-ill to engage in physician assisted deaths ..."Despite decades of agitation, public education, lobbying and ...[read more]
April 30, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A South African judge ruled Thursday that a terminally ill man has a right to assisted suicide with no legal or professional consequences for the participating doctor. Euthanasia is illegal in South Africa, and the decision is the first of its kind. With the support of DignitySA, Robin Stransham- ...[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]
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]

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