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Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Dutch euthanasia center sees 22% rise in requests in 2019

A Dutch organization that carries out euthanasia received 3,122 requests last year, a 22% increase from the year before, the Euthanasia Expertise Center said Friday.


Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. That day came Tuesday in her native Belgium, her …


One county’s ban leads to euthanasia of 400 pit bulls last year, 250 this year, officials say

More than 400 pit bulls were euthanized last year in the country’s second-largest jurisdiction to ban the breed, and more than 250 have been euthanized there so far this year, …


Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country …


Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia

An Australian state took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy killing law.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

Grief-stricken Cle Elum man suing WSU over botched euthanasia of beloved malamute

A lawsuit against Washington State University involving the euthanization of a sick dog could set a new legal precedent on the emotional value of pets.


Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

A Montana lawmaker has revived an attempt to outlaw physician-assisted suicides. This time, there’s a twist: No mention of physicians or suicides.


Panel OKs bill to make physician-assisted suicide illegal

A Montana legislative committee has advanced a bill that would make it illegal for doctors to help terminally ill patients kill themselves.


SpokAnimal euthanizes 70 sick cats

SpokAnimal employees faced a heartbreaking decision when a deadly virus was discovered in several of the cats at the shelter: euthanize every cat or risk spreading the infection. They opted …


Little change in Dutch euthanasia post-legality

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The frequency of doctor-assisted euthanasia in the Netherlands has changed little since the longstanding practice was legalized in 2002, according to a new study. A summary published …


Inquiries Increase After Two Doctor-Assisted Deaths Advocates Report More Calls About Oregon Law

The deaths of two people who killed themselves under Oregon’s doctor-assisted suicide law have prompted more people to seek information about the procedure, advocates say. “We certainly have gotten a …


Mercy-Killing Claims Shake Hospital Ex-Therapist Says He Sped Deaths Of 40 To 50 Patients

As police tried to determine whether a self-proclaimed mercy killer was a mass murderer or a fraud, people came forward Saturday to tell police their relatives died mysteriously at a …


Is This Suicide Or A New Way Of Dying?

When terminally people end their own lives with a lethal prescription obtained from a doctor, should it be called a suicide? Barbara Coombs Lee and others in the right-to-die movement …


Reaction To Death Broad Some Denounce Assisted Suicide; Others Say Law Works

Reaction to the first reported death under Oregon’s assisted suicide law ranged from bitterness to expressed confidence that the law is working they way it was meant to. Rita Marker, …


Elderly Cancer Victim Exercises Right To Die Portland Woman First Known Case To Use Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law

Barbara Coombs Lee, head of Compassion in Dying, listens to a tape made by a woman dying of breast cancer. Photo by Associated Press


Oregon Has First Assisted Suicide Cancer Patient Swallows Lethal Dose Of Drugs Legally Prescribed By Doctor

Barbara Coombs Lee, author of Oregon’s 1994 Death With Dignity Act, listens Wednesday to an audiotape made by an elderly woman dying of breast cancer. Photo by Associated Press


Group Unveils Assisted Suicide Guidebook

A guidebook aimed at steering health care providers through the ethical and bureaucratic maze surrounding Oregon’s assisted suicide law has been completed by a panel of medical experts. The guidebook …


Drug Agents Can’t End Assisted Suicide Justice Department Review Of Oregon Law Says Feds Have No Authority Over Doctors

U.S. Justice Department lawyers reviewing Oregon’s assisted suicide law have concluded federal drug enforcement agents don’t have the authority to punish doctors who prescribe the lethal doses of drugs, a …


Dying Man Couldn’t Find Doctor To Aid Suicide When Physician Finally Found To Prescribe Suicide Drugs For Oregon Man, It Was Too Late

A man dying of lung and kidney cancer could not find a doctor willing to help him end his life before it was too late, despite overwhelming voter reapproval of …


Suicide Aid Sanctions Supported Senators Want Reno To Back Penalties For Doctors

Eight U.S. senators are urging Attorney General Janet Reno to support sanctions for doctors who prescribe lethal medication to assist in patients’ suicides.


Seattle Right-To-Die Group Will Move To Oregon Compassion In Dying Plans Network Of Counselors

A Seattle organization that counsels the terminally ill plans to move its headquarters to Oregon to help manage requests to use the nation’s only doctor-assisted suicide law. Compassion in Dying, …


Dad Says Girl’s Death Was Mercy Killing Father Asks Judge For Waiver Of Mandatory Minimum Term

A father is seeking a rarely granted waiver of punishment in a hearing Monday into what he insists was the mercy killing of his disabled daughter. A Saskatchewan jury convicted …


Father’s Act Merciful Or Murder? Killing Of Disabled Daughter Has Resulted In Two Trials For Wheat Farmer, Divided Canadians

Robert Latimer admits that he killed his 12-year-old daughter, Tracy, in 1993 by putting her in his pickup truck and leaving the engine running until the cab was filled with …


Assisted Suicide Over Latest Hurdle Oregon Representatives Pleased By Justice Department Meeting

Oregon’s legal team scored some constitutional points with Justice Department lawyers Thursday, increasing the chances the state will be allowed to implement its assisted suicide law unimpeded by federal threats, …


Oregon’s Assisted-Suicide Law Has Doctors Confused Government Warns Physicians About Writing Prescriptions

A week after Oregon voters reaffirmed the state law allowing doctor-assisted suicide, some physicians are holding off on writing prescriptions for lethal drugs for fear of being punished by the …


Still Closer To A Beginning Than An End

This time the words seem almost understated. “Groundbreaking” and “landmark” barely describe how much the topography has now changed, how deeply the American landscape of dying is being re-contoured.


Oregon Voters Back Doctor-Assisted Suicide 60 Percent Vote Against Repeal Of Law; Suicide Opponents Vow More Lawsuits

Three years after approving the nation’s only law allowing doctor-assisted suicide, Oregonians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to keep it on the books. With 56 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, a …


Kevorkian Foe Wants Law Repealed Man Whose Mother Killed Herself Fears 1994 Oregon Law Will Encourage Others

Neil Adkins, whose mother, Jane Adkins, was the first person helped to die by Dr. Jack Kevorkian, speaks out in Portland on Monday in support of Measure 51. Photo by …


Mormons Join Catholics To Oppose Assisted Suicide

The Roman Catholic Church is getting some help from other faiths in supporting a ballot measure seeking to repeal Oregon’s doctor-assisted suicide law. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …