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French Health Minister, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, Admits Mercy Killings
Aug 20, 1970

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP - Tuesday, 24 July, 2001

French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner's remarks are expected to spark a debate. The French Health Minister, Bernard Kouchner, has admitted he practised euthanasia when he worked as a doctor.

In an interview with the Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland, Mr Kouchner said he practised mercy killings during the wars in Lebanon and Vietnam, injecting people who he said were suffering too much.

When people were suffering too much pain and I knew in advance they would die, I would help them.

Declaration of the Luxemburg meeting of the RtD-E (October 24-25, 2003)
Aug 20, 1970

The biennal meeting of the European Right to Die societies has been concluded by issueing a declaration.

New website World Federation opened by Michael Irwin
Aug 20, 1970

At the convention of the European division of Right to Die Societies in Luxemburg, Michael Irwin officially opened the new website of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Judge orders Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed
Aug 20, 1970

After a month of consideration, a judge has once again given his approval to remove the feeding tube from a comatose Pinellas County woman. The decision by Circuit Judge George Greer may clear the way for Terri Schiavo to die.

'Death with dignity' bill gets broad panel approval
Aug 20, 1970

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday approved a bill enabling anyone over the age of 18 to sign a statement instructing physicians not to extend their lives by artificial means if they stand no chance of recovery.

World conference of WFRtDS in Tokyo
Aug 20, 1970

The next international conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies will be held in Tokyo next year (2004) on September 30 – Oct 1, 2, and 3. The venue will be the TOSHI CENTER HOTEL in Tokyo.

The hotel is located in the center of Tokyo and access is easy for the members in Japan. The hotel has enough conference rooms for plenary sessions and individual sessions and accommodations for 300 persons (239 single-bed rooms, 70 twin rooms and others). It is only a short, ten-minute walk to the Diet Bldg and Imperial Palace.

ACLU-NC Supports Man's Right to End Life Support
Aug 20, 1970

On October 10, the ACLU-NC filed an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court supporting Robert Wendland, a man on life-support, who had previously asserted his desire not to be sustained artificially by medical technology.

South Australian Dying with Dignity Bill to be Tabled
Aug 20, 1970

ANOTHER attempt to make voluntary euthanasia legal in SA will be put to both Houses of Parliament this week.

Governor Jeb Bush intervenes in "right to die" case
Aug 20, 1970

A right to die case in Florida that has passed through the hands of 19 separate judges drew the state's governor, Jeb Bush, into its ambit last week, when he met the family of the woman at its centre and filed a brief with the court.

Living Wills to be assessed
Aug 20, 1970

The 15th international conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3, in the Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo.

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