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# Right to die

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# Euthanasia
Colombian dies publicly under new euthanasia policy
Hours before dying Victor Escobar, 60, celebrated what he called victory in his two-year battle with a lung ailment that left him unable to breathe on his own.
# vicky phelan
Political system has 'dragged its heels' on right to die debate, says Sinn Féin's McDonald
Campaigners, including Vicky Phelan, have called on Government to introduce laws to allow for medically assisted death.
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# Dying with dignity
'What I am asking is to be given a choice': Vicky Phelan urges politicians to support Dying with Dignity Bill
The Dying with Dignity Bill will be introduced in the Dáil tomorrow.
# Vincent Lambert
Vincent Lambert, man at centre of contentious right-to-die case in France, passes away
He died more than a decade after an accident that left him with severe brain damage.
# Euthanasia
'What right do we have to tell a dying person they should continue to live in pain'
Prominent Right to Die with Dignity campaigner Tom Curran appeared before the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality today.
# Charlie Gard
Terminally ill baby boy at London hospital must be kept alive until at least Tuesday, court rules
Charlie Gard’s parents want to take the 10-month-old to the US for an experimental treatment.
# Assisted Suicide
John Halligan lobbying for support for right-to-die bill
Halligan is now trying to find a workable mechanism that will bring the bill before the Dáil.
# Assisted Suicide
Junior Minister John Halligan's right-to-die bill may be "unusual" but there are no rules against it
Halligan said he is planning to introduce a bill proposing to make assisted suicide legal in Ireland.
# Euthanasia
'People should not suffer intolerable and horrible pain if they want to exit this life'
Independent TD John Halligan introduced ‘right to die’ legislation in the Dáil today.
# brittany maynard
California has legalised assisted suicide
Opponents said the measure could prompt premature suicides.
# Right to die
Nearly 40 million more Americans are to be given access to euthanasia
California is set to legalise the practice.
# Vincent Lambert
Outrage as campaigners release video of man at centre of right-to-die case
The video was taken last Friday — the same day that the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Lambert should be allowed to die.
# Right to die
European court rules French doctors can turn off Vincent Lambert's life support
The man’s parents had been fighting to keep him on life support though his wife had said he would not want to be kept alive.
# euthanasia debate
Court to rule if quadriplegic man in vegetative state should be allowed to die
He is on life support after a car accident.
# Right to die
Explainer: The facts about assisted suicide in Ireland
The first trial of a person charged for assisting suicide will take place this year.
# mercy killing
Serial rapist will now NOT be euthanised, says Minister for Justice
The rapist had repeatedly asked that the state help him end his life due to “unbearable” psychological suffering.
# Marie Fleming
Ireland's euthanasia laws are some of the most strict in Europe
Here’s a look at the situation in other countries.
Funeral of woman taken off life support to take place today
The High Court ruled on St Stephen’s Day that doctors could withdraw life support for the woman.
Opinion: Brittany Maynard deserves our compassion – and her bravery deserves our attention
As a compassionate society, must have the courage to face up to the question of terminal illness and euthanasia.
# Right to die
Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old who planned her own death, has died
Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year.
# Right to die
A 29-year-old woman explains why she's planned her death - next month
“I don’t want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”
# Legislation
MS sufferer and right-to-die campaigner: 'If I was an animal...I'd be put to sleep'
Kate Tobin was diagnosed with the condition two years ago and says “Nobody can know the pain I’m going through”.
# Marie Fleming
TDs will be asked to vote on new right-to-die laws before Christmas
Tom Curran, the partner of campaigner Marie Fleming who died last year, says new legislation he’s been working on is almost complete.
# Assisted Suicide
Massive rise in 'suicide tourism' to Switzerland
From 2008-2012, two Irish people went to Switzerland for an assisted suicide.
# Assisted Suicide
UK man paralysed in road accident loses 'right to die' court battle
Paul Lamb wants the legal right to end his life with the help of a medic.
# recommendations
Convention recommends environmentalism, secularism and the right to die
The report of the Constitutional Convention recommends the removal of the blasphemy offence from the Irish Constitution.
# sunday interview
"The whole thing really started before Marie died..": Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran on his Wicklow council bid
The partner of Marie Fleming, whose court battle ignited a national campaign on right-to-die issues, is running in the the local elections this May.
# tom curran
Partner of Marie Fleming drafting new right-to-die legislation
Tom Curran has asked a group of barristers to draft legislation on the issue, and says the initial work could be completed by the start of next month.
# Right to die
Euthanasia for terminally ill children legalised in Belgium
In total, there were 86 votes in favour and 44 against from the country’s lower House of Representatives.
# Right to die
One Irish person used Swiss euthanasia clinic last year
Dignitas helped a total of 202 people to die last year.
# Right to die
Marie Fleming laid to rest this afternoon after Wicklow service
The grief and mourning for the 59-year-old was palpable in Avoca today.
Woman who took right-to-die case, Marie Fleming, has passed away
She was 59 years old.
Column: Families who assist their loved ones to die will continue to feel the full wrath of the law if it is not changed
Today, the case began of Gail O’Rorke who has been charged under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 for assisting an MS sufferer to die.
# Leaders' Questions
Tánaiste: Assisted suicide is a topic we should address as human beings, as legislators
Eamon Gilmore has said that the issue of assisted suicide should be addressed in response to questions in the Dáil this morning.
# Courts
Woman charged with assisting suicide in Dublin
Gail O’Rourke of Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght is charged with assisting in the suicide of another woman in Dublin in 2011.
# Right to die
Taoiseach rejects plea to allow for assisted suicide
Enda Kenny was asked to ‘show some compassion’ to the family of terminally ill Marie Fleming and consider changes to the law.
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added Xtra-vision memories
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Column: Assisted suicide not permitted, but we still must find a humane path for these people
Today, seven judges from the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Marie Fleming, who had sought to be allowed an assisted suicide without the risk of prosecution for anyone who helped her, but where to next with this contentious debate, asks Dr Eimear Spain.
# landmark case
Supreme Court dismisses Marie Fleming’s ‘right to die’ appeal
Chief Justice Susan Denham said the circumstances were “very tragic” but that there was no Constitutional ‘right to die’.