UK man to plead guilty to manslaughter in wife’s deathDecember 5, 2022 GMT
PAPHOS, Cyprus (AP) —
Defense lawyers for a British man on trial for causing the death of his wife in Cyprus’ coastal resort town of Paphos said Monday they’re hopeful the court will suspend any sentence it hands down to their client after he pleads guilty to manslaughter next week.
Dutch activists sue government over assisted suicideOctober 10, 2022 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Activists calling for the decriminalization of assisted suicide in the Netherlands took the Dutch government to court Monday, arguing that its ban on helping a person end their life breaches human rights.
France to open debate on legalizing assisted suicideSeptember 13, 2022 GMT
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced a national debate on end-of-life options that will include exploring the possibility of legalizing assisted suicide.
A 2016 French law provides that doctors can keep terminally ill patients sedated before death but stops short of allowing assisted suicide.
Woman sues over residency requirement for assisted suicideAugust 25, 2022 GMT
A Connecticut woman with cancer sued Vermont on Thursday for allowing only its own residents to take advantage of a state law that lets people who are terminally ill end their own lives.
Lynda Bluestein, 75, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who has terminal fallopian tube cancer, and Dr.
Victims irked as Spain lets gunman die before trialAugust 24, 2022 GMT
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s assisted suicide law is in the spotlight after doctors allowed the death of a former security guard who faced trial for having stormed his former workplace a year ago, shooting and wounding three people and later a police officer.
Cyprus trial of UK man: Was it murder or assisted suicide?June 17, 2022 GMT
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The trial of a British man charged with the premeditated murder of his ill wife in Cyprus’ coastal resort town of Paphos was pushed back Thursday until September, with defense lawyers arguing that David Hunter should instead be charged with assisting a suicide.
Portugal’s lawmakers approve 3rd attempt to allow euthanasiaJune 9, 2022 GMT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted for the third time in just over a year Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia, though like the previous two attempts, the country's Constitutional Court or president could lawmakers' support from becoming law.
Oregon ends residency rule for medically assisted suicideMarch 29, 2022 GMT
Oregon will no longer require people to be residents of the state to use its law allowing terminally ill people to receive lethal medication, after a lawsuit challenged the requirement as unconstitutional.
Advocates hopeful assisted suicide bill passes this yearFebruary 23, 2022 GMT
Advocates of what's become a perennial bill that would allow terminally ill adults in Connecticut to request medication to help them die expressed optimism Wednesday this could be the year the proposal finally gets voted on by the full House and Senate and signed into law by Gov.
Assisted suicide bill narrowly clears Delaware House panelJanuary 20, 2022 GMT
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware cleared a Democrat-led House committee by a single vote Wednesday, paving the way for possible consideration by the full House.
Austria to allow tightly limited right to assisted suicideDecember 17, 2021 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's parliament has approved legislation that will allow chronically or terminally ill people to stipulate their will to die in tightly defined circumstances.
Lawmakers approved the new rules by a broad majority on Thursday, with only one of three opposition parties voting against, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Portugal’s president vetoes 2nd version of euthanasia billNovember 30, 2021 GMT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's president has refused to sign for the second time a parliament-sanctioned bill allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, arguing the wording is imprecise and effectively shelving the piece of legislation until a new parliament and government are chosen early next year.
Portugal’s parliament backs revised bill allowing euthanasiaNovember 5, 2021 GMT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament approved a reworded bill Friday to allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and seriously injured people, after a court blocked the initial version because of what it said was unclear terminology.
Challenge to residency requirements for assisted-suicide lawOctober 28, 2021 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed saying the residency requirements for Oregon’s assisted suicide law violate the U.S. Constitution.
Oregon was the first state to legalize medical aid in dying in 1997, when it allowed adult residents with a terminal diagnosis and prognosis of six months or less to live to end their lives by taking a lethal dose of prescribed medication.
Head of Dutch pro-assisted suicide group detainedSeptember 29, 2021 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chairman of a Dutch organization that lobbies for people's right to end their own lives and provides information to its members was detained Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in assisted suicide.
Another Australian state legalizes voluntary euthanasiaSeptember 16, 2021 GMT
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in a fifth Australian state on Thursday, more than 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy killing law for the terminally ill.
Police: Lawyer Murdaugh arranged own death but shot grazedSeptember 15, 2021 GMT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina lawyer who found the bodies of his wife and son three months ago tried to arrange his own death earlier this month so his son would get a $10 million life insurance payment, but the planned fatal shot only grazed his head, state police said Tuesday.
Chile legislature OKs euthanasia bill, which heads to SenateApril 20, 2021 GMT
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday approved a bill to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide for those over 18...
New Mexico latest state to adopt medically assisted suicideApril 9, 2021 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has become the latest state to provide a legal pathway for terminally ill patients to choose when and how they die...
Top Portugal court nixes euthanasia law, says it’s impreciseMarch 15, 2021 GMT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a law passed by parliament introducing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people...
Spain’s parliament votes to legalize euthanasiaDecember 17, 2020 GMT
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament voted Thursday to approve a bill that will allow physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for long-suffering patients of incurable diseases or unbearable permanent conditions...
Christians, Muslims, Jews unite against assisted suicideOctober 28, 2019 GMT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Leaders from three of the world's major religions have joined forces against assisted suicide and euthanasia, in a declaration issued at the Vatican.
The declaration, backed by leaders of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, states that no health care provider should be "coerced or pressured" into providing assisted suicide or any form of euthanasia...
Colorado doctor challenges firing over assisted suicideOctober 9, 2019 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado doctor fired after tying to help a terminally ill man obtain drugs to end his life has filed an updated lawsuit that challenges her firing by a Christian hospital company...
Italian Catholic bishops oppose assisted suicide rulingSeptember 26, 2019 GMT
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Bishops' Conference is coming out against a constitutional court ruling that assisted suicide is not punishable in cases when a patient in an irreversible condition is suffering unbearable pain...
Company says clarity needed on Colorado assisted suicide lawSeptember 12, 2019 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A Christian-affiliated health system in a court fight over Colorado's assisted suicide law says the state can't stop religious organization from disciplining employees who encourage the option in violation of its beliefs...
Minnesota lawmakers will hear disputed assisted suicide billSeptember 10, 2019 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman with terminal cancer will tell her story Wednesday before a Minnesota House committee considering a bill that would allow adults with less than six months to live to obtain medication to end their lives on their own terms...
Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicideJune 13, 2019 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication...
Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governorJune 4, 2019 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate...
Murphy to sign bill allowing medically assisted suicideMarch 25, 2019 GMT
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he will sign legislation allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication.
New Jersey will join six other states and the District of Columbia that have similar laws once the bill is signed...
Nevada Senate committee approves medically assisted suicideMarch 20, 2019 GMT
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 Legislature...
Hawaii law allowing medically assisted suicide takes effectJanuary 2, 2019 GMT
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.
Hawaii Pacific Health and The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu said their pharmacies will not fill the prescriptions and hospitalized patients will not be able to take the lethal drugs on their campuses, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in SwitzerlandMay 10, 2018 GMT
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...
Medically assisted suicide becomes legal in HawaiiApril 5, 2018 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii became the latest liberal-leaning 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...
Reader View: Assisted suicide bill — it deserved to dieMarch 21, 2017 GMT
Thanks to the state Senate’s rejection of the assisted suicide bill, Senate Bill 252, residents of New Mexico can breathe easier. As Sen. Craig Brandt said during last week’s debate, “This bill is dangerous.
Handful of Senate Dems help Republicans defeat aid-in-dying billMarch 16, 2017 GMT
The state Senate on Wednesday night defeated a bill that would have legalized assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
In a 22-20 vote, seven Democrats joined 15 Republicans to stop the measure.
Suit seeks to exempt physicians from assisted suicide lawFebruary 11, 2015 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cancer patient and five doctors filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives from a California ban on assisted suicide.
New Mexico appeals court hears assisted suicide caseJanuary 26, 2015 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives?
That's what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments Monday from the state and lawyers for a terminally ill woman.