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Colorado doctor challenges firing over assisted suicide

Oct. 8, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

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. In the case against Centura Health filed Monday, Dr. Barbara Morris alleges it retaliated against her in...

Colorado assisted suicide fight headed back to state court

Oct. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A legal battle over Colorado's assisted suicide law will be fought in state court, the venue favored by a terminally ill man and a doctor fired for trying to help him end his life. U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock said Thursday that he agreed with Centura Health that the case raises...

Italian Catholic bishops oppose assisted suicide ruling

Sep. 26, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

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. The secretary-general of the bishop's conference, Stefano Russo, says on Thursday that...

Dutch Supreme Court asked to clarify euthanasia case

Sep. 26, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the Netherlands' Supreme Court to clarify legal matters in a landmark euthanasia case, saying Thursday they want to lay down unambiguous jurisprudence for the future. The Public Prosecution Service said by instituting "cassation in the interest of the...

Company says clarity needed on Colorado assisted suicide law

Sep. 12, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

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. In a federal court filing Wednesday, Colorado-based Centura Health...

Dutch court clears doctor in landmark euthanasia trial

Sep. 11, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch doctor was acquitted Wednesday in a landmark trial that prosecutors and physicians hope will help clarify how the country's 2002 euthanasia law can be applied to people with severe dementia. The doctor, who was not named in court, was cleared of any wrongdoing in...

In landmark test case, Dutch court acquits doctor who carried out euthanasia on patient with 'deep dementia'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:30 AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In landmark test case, Dutch court acquits doctor who carried out euthanasia on patient with 'deep dementia'

Minnesota lawmakers will hear disputed assisted suicide bill

Sep. 10, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

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. The bill is patterned after an Oregon law that has been...

Firing of doctor sets off fight over assisted suicide law

Sep. 4, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After watching his mother die slowly when he stopped her medication, Neil Mahoney knew he wanted the option of ending his own life peacefully when a doctor told him in July that he had months to live after being diagnosed with cancer. A physician was willing to help him do that under...

Final push begins for 'people's veto' referendums in Maine

Sep. 1, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Organizers of ballot measures aimed at undoing the Death With Dignity Act, restoring religious exemptions for vaccines, and stopping taxpayer funding for abortions through Medicaid are making a final push for petitions to stop the laws from going into effect. The state of Maine did...