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The Advertiser, 09 jan 2006
WHILE many are alarmed by the incursions of freedoms and liberties being made by the Howard Government's anti-terror laws, last Friday heralded the beginning of another attack on the freedoms and rights of Australians.
In July this year the Swiss Commission on bioethics issued a report on assisted suicide with a number of recommendations.
A legislative committee endorsed making California the second state in the nation where doctors could prescribe medication to hasten the deaths of terminally ill adults.
The latest developments on assisted dying in Europe.
Data from the Oregon Health Department from 2004 indicate that another 35 people used the law bringing the total to 207 in 7 years, out of 210,000 deaths in the same period; 1/8 of 1% of all Oregonians actually died under the Death with Dignity Act.
Recently one man who apparently ingested 9g of Seconal woke up after three days. Though incidents like that have been reported in the Netherlands, no incident of unsuccessful use of the medication had previously been reported from Oregon.
Nearly 3 years after the death of Steve Guest , a journalist and former media adviser to the Cain Government in Victoria, the coroner still has not handed down a finding.
Voluntary euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin walked to freedom from Arohata Women's Prison after 7-1/2 months in jail for the attempted murder of her terminally ill mother, Joy Martin.
Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.
According to a survey conducted by DGHS, 84% of the population 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.
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