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WFRtDS Newsletter issue 46, January 2005 published
Jan 1, 2005
WFRtDS Newsletter issue 45, April 2004 published
Apr 1, 2004
WFRtDS Newsletter issue 44, December 2003 published
Dec 1, 2003
Opponents of euthanasia don’t give up
Sep 30, 2003

First one should note that a challenge to the Belgian euthanasia law, sent by the groups Pro Vita and Jurivie to the European Court of Human Rights, still awaits a response.

The Vatican recently issued the French version of a “lexicon of ambiguous and controversial terms concerning the family, life and ethical questions”. The chapter devoted to euthanasia is supposed to contain the following:

Aug 21, 2003

In October/November 2003 DGHS ­carried out surveys on living wills and attitudes to doctors who carry out assisted dying. It seems that 53% of German citizens know about living wills, over 70% in the case of those over 60. 84% said they would not lose confidence in their doctor if s/he helped an incurably ill person to end their life; only 20% thought they would lose confidence in a doctor who provided active and direct assistance in the case of an incurably ill patient.

WFRtDS Newsletter issue 42, November 2002 published
Nov 1, 2002
WFRtDS Newsletter issue 41, June 2002 published
Jun 1, 2002
TLC (The Last Choice)
Aug 21, 1970

Last year in England, a 57-year old man, terminally-ill with motor neurone disease (Lou Gehrig’s syndrome), ended his life at home after three unsuccessful attempts. He had planned to go to Dignitas, in Zurich, but was unable to do so because “he could not afford it”.

Mainly arising from this ­incident, TLC— The Last Choice has been established, principally by Dr. Michael Irwin. Its main objectives are:

  • Give advice on how Dignitas can help the terminally-ill in the UK (eg: explain what happens in Zurich; how to get one’s medical records in the UK, etc)
Dutch euthanasia law five years old.
Aug 21, 1970

Five years ago, 1 April 2002, the Netherlands introduced a new law on euthanasia, becoming the first country in the world to legalise the practice within strict boundaries.

The History of the World Federation
Aug 21, 1970

An excerpt of a speech by Sidney Rosoff, the first president of the World Federation about how the organization got its start.


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