MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court has released a 70-year-old man who admitted to helping his 61-year-old wife end her life, a case that has reignited a debate about assisted suicide in Spain, where it...
Maine to again consider “death with dignity” bill
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are again set to consider legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide.
Democratic Rep. Patricia Hymanson's bill was scheduled for a Wednesday...
Nebraska man’s assisted suicide conviction upheld
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Weeping Water man for helping his online girlfriend kill herself in 2017.
Murphy to sign bill allowing medically assisted suicide
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he will sign legislation allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A measure that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in the Nevada...
Lawmakers revisit medically assisted suicide legislation
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Monday heard another round of gripping testimony about whether to allow terminally ill, adult patients to receive medical help in...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives has failed before an Arkansas House...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is joining a push in New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey and New York to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients and...
Nevada lawmakers hear arguments on assisted suicide bill
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are once again considering legislation to allow terminal patients to kill themselves with medication prescribed by a doctor.
Assisted suicide bill set to come before Nevada lawmakers
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The debate over physician-assisted suicide is expected to return to the Nevada Legislature on Monday, less than two years after the measure failed to become...
90-day workhouse sentence imposed for assisted suicide
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Twin Cities man will spend 90 days in a county workhouse for assisting in the asphyxiation death of his wife.
Thomas Houck earlier pleaded guilty to helping his 59-year-old wife, Linda Conrad, end her life last summer. Officials say she suffered from chronic migraines, severe stomach pain and depression.
2 arrested in Britain in suspected assisted suicide case
LONDON (AP) — British police have arrested two people on suspicion of helping a 94-year-old man end his life.
Police said Friday an 89-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man were arrested after police were called to a residence in Lymington, on England's south coast, where the man's body was found.
The two suspects have not been identified or charged. Police say they have been released from custody but remain under investigation.
New Mexico considers legalizing medically assisted suicide
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in New Mexico received its first committee endorsement Monday after several hours of public testimony and deliberations by lawmakers.
A House panel voted 4-3 along party lines to advance the measure, with three Republicans in opposition.
Montana lawmakers to take up physician-assisted suicide ban
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are being asked to consider a bill that would make it illegal for a physician to prescribe drugs to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient.
The state Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that nothing in state law prohibits physician-assisted suicide. Since then, lawmakers have failed to pass bills that sought to either explicitly ban or legalize the act, leaving the practice in a gray area legally.
New push for physician-assisted suicide bill in NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for legislation that would allow New Yorkers with terminal illnesses to seek life-ending medication from their physician are launching another effort in Albany.
The group Compassion & Choices says it will kick off its 2019 campaign Monday at the state Capitol.
The proposal before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication. It has been proposed for years, without a vote.
New Mexico considers legalizing medically assisted suicide
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering whether to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
A proposal from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque and Sen. Liz Stefanics of Santa Fe sets out assisted-suicide protocols that include authorization from two medical providers and a 48-hour waiting period once life-ending drugs have been prescribed.
Hawaii law allowing medically assisted suicide takes effect
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's new medically assisted suicide law has gone into effect, but few doctors and pharmacies are willing to prescribe and dispense the life-ending medications.
- The AdvocateAid-in-dying bill draws mixed views at legislative hearingMarch 19, 2019
- Connecticut Post‘Keep your poison pills’: Opponents speak out against aid-in-dying lawMarch 18, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanHonoring and empowering the patientFebruary 24, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanNew Mexico should oppose assisted suicideFebruary 4, 2019
- The Washington TimesJudge strikes down California assisted-suicide lawMay 16, 2018
New Mexico city backs assisted suicide legislation
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has become the latest New Mexico city to endorse the idea of allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with help from doctors.
The Las Cruces City Council voted Monday in favor of a bipartisan resolution to support legislation that will be introduced during the upcoming session. Albuquerque has voiced its support along with a majority of Santa Fe councilors.
California court reverses ruling against assisted suicide
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court overturned a lower court order that had imperiled the state's assisted suicide law, but a longer legal fight may loom because the ruling skirted the larger issue of whether the legislation was unconstitutional.
Hawaii retirement home clarifies assisted suicide rules
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii retirement home said Tuesday residents in its independent living wing may take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.
But Kahala Nui told residents in a memorandum this week that those in its assisted living and nursing center may not do so.
Capitol Watch: Nixon backs Cuomo, sort of
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state political news, Andrew Cuomo and his challengers are closing out their campaigns as voters prepare to cast their ballots on Election Day.
In the race's final days Cuomo picked up the endorsement of his former rival Cynthia Nixon in his bid for a third term. His Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, meanwhile, interrupted his own campaign schedule to help a man suffering from an apparent stroke.
ACLU objects to Hawaii retirement home assisted suicide ban
HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union demanded Thursday that a Hawaii retirement home stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.
The ACLU of Hawaii sent a letter to the executive director of the Kahala Nui home after receiving an anonymous tip that the home had notified residents they would not be permitted to exercise the provisions of the law, which takes effect in January.
The Latest: Retirement home says it doesn’t discriminate
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the ACLU's challenge to a Hawaii retirement home's ban on medically assisted suicide (all times local):
A Hawaii retirement home says it's consulting its legal counsel after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded it stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.
Maine group pushes physician-assisted suicide measure
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine organization that supports physician-assisted suicide is pushing for a statewide referendum on the issue next year.
Hawaii prepares for law allowing medically assisted suicide
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials are urging health care organizations to prepare for the new state law that allows doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients to prescribe life-ending medication.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt from a terminally ill man to overturn the country's blanket ban on assisted suicide, ruling that such a decision needs to be made by politicians in Parliament.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese lawmakers Tuesday narrowly rejected a proposal to make Portugal one of only a handful of countries in the world allowing euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
After a landmark debate, lawmakers voted to reject four broadly similar bills introduced by left-leaning parties. The bill that came closest to succeeding was the work of the governing Socialist Party, which failed on a 115-110 vote with four abstentions.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Portugal's consideration of legalizing doctor-assisted suicide (all times local):
Portuguese lawmakers have rejected proposals to make Portugal one of only a handful of countries in the world allowing euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
After a landmark debate Tuesday, lawmakers voted to reject four broadly similar bills introduced by left-leaning parties.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage in recent times, Portuguese lawmakers will decide Tuesday on another issue that has brought a confrontation between faith and politics in this predominantly Catholic country: whether to allow euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
The outcome of the vote is uncertain and is likely to be close, but Portugal could become one of just a handful of countries in the world to permit euthanasia under certain circumstances.
104 Year-Old Biologist Dies in Assisted Suicide
LIESTAL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said.
Exit International, the group that helped David Goodall carry out his wish, said the scientist was declared dead at 12:30 p.m. in Liestal, a town outside the city of Basel, where he had traveled to take advantage of Switzerland's assisted-suicide laws.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian man who plans to end his life in Switzerland on Thursday cheerily sang a few bars of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as he told reporters that medically assisted suicide should be more widely available and not only viewed as a last resort for the terminally ill.
GENEVA (AP) — A 104-year-old British-born Australian scientist who is planning to kill himself on Thursday says he doesn't think the drugs used for assisted suicide should be available to just anyone, but that doctors should be able to prescribe them.
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian scientist arrived Monday in Switzerland before his planned assisted suicide, unbowed about his intentions and hopeful that his premeditated death will send a message to legislators back home.
Petting a dog in a warm welcoming crew at Basel's airport, David Goodall answered reporters' questions after coming in from visiting relatives in Bordeaux, France, over the weekend.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers in New York are taking a closer look at a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician.
The Assembly's Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the measure Thursday in Manhattan. It comes after a hearing last month in Albany.
GENEVA (AP) — A right-to-die activist says a 104-year-old Australian scientist is on his way to Switzerland to end his life through assisted dying.
Supporters of renowned academic David Goodall had expressed fears that Australian officials would prevent him from traveling to Europe.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of people on both sides of the debate over physician-assisted suicide traveled to Albany on Monday for a hearing on legislation that would allow people with a terminal illness to request life-ending medication from a doctor.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers in New York are examining a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician.
The Assembly's Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the measure Monday in Albany. A second hearing is planned for May 3 in New York City.
Dutch prosecutors investigate assisted suicide group
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into an organization that aims to support its members' efforts to buy a deadly powder to help them take their own lives.
The plan, announced last year by an organization called Cooperative Last Will, opened a new front in the long-running debate about euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands.
COLUMBUS – The Columbus Area Right to Life on Monday evening held a community event discussing the effects of euthanasia -- assisted suicide --at the Veteran of Foreign Wars building.
Alex Schadenberg, executive director for Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, spoke about the downfalls of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Canada denied care for terminal patient, offered assisted suicide: Lawsuit
A terminally ill Canadian man is suing his hospital, several governmental agencies and the attorneys general of Ontario and Canada after he claims he was denied proper medical care and offered assisted suicide instead.
Roger Foley, 42, suffers from cerebellar ataxia, a neurodegenerative disease that limits his motor skills and ability to speak.
In the lawsuit filed Feb. 14, Mr. Foley claims home-care providers selected by the government have caused him ill health, injury and inconvenience.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Suffering from heart problems, Bob Sloan told his children he wants to use California's new law allowing life-ending drugs for the terminally ill when his disease becomes too advanced to bear.
But then the 73-year-old former U.S. Army sergeant learned that because he lives at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville — the nation's largest retirement home for veterans — he must first move out.
Doctor-assisted suicide measure advances in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii House has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.
The House's action on Tuesday sends the measure to the Senate, which last year overwhelmingly approved a similar bill.
The proposal would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to a mentally-capable patient with less than six months to live.
Italy court sends right-to-die case to Constitutional Court
ROME (AP) — A court in Milan has asked Italy's Constitutional Court to rule in the case of a right-to-die advocate who brought a well-known DJ to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland to die after he was paralyzed in a car crash.
Marco Capaldo said Wednesday he was grateful that the Constitutional Court might finally establish that Italians have a right to die.
Dutch court convicts man of helping stepmother take her life
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday convicted a man for helping his ailing, 99-year-old stepmother take her own life a decade ago, a case that has become a focal point in the fierce debate in the Netherlands about end-of-life issues.
The city court in Den Bosch gave Albert Heringa a suspended six-month sentence, meaning he will not go to prison unless he commits another crime.
Utah lawmaker pushes to criminalize assisted suicide
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state lawmaker wants to specifically outlaw assisted suicide after a man was accused of helping a teenager kill herself and filming the act.
Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate
ROME (AP) — Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues.
As soon as the 180-71 vote was tabulated, cheers erupted outside parliament among a small group of right-to-die activists who saw the bill as a victory after several high-profile euthanasia cases prompted criminal prosecutions.
Australian state allows voluntary euthanasia in 2019
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state parliament on Wednesday legalized voluntary euthanasia 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill.
The final vote in the Victorian parliament means that doctor-assisted suicide will be allowed in Australia's second-most populous state from mid-2019.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who became a euthanasia advocate after his father died of cancer last year, said the reform showed compassion.