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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.

Summary Relevant January 2006
Aug 21, 1970

Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE. This is the English summary of the issue of January 2006.

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.

Cases Attracting Media Attention
Aug 21, 1970

A decision in July this year in the case of Peter K. is seen as helpful. It strengthens a patient’s right to self-determination and clarifies important areas of conflict, for example by stating clearly that feeding by injection without the patient’s consent is illegal. “An end to artificial feeding should not have been refused. Living wills, even expressed only orally, are also binding on care authorities.”

Source: Newsletter RtD-Europe, September 2005.

Information on the Terry Schiavo case
Aug 21, 1970

An objective look into the Terry Schiavo case, can be found abstract appeal .

Summary Relevant May 2006
Aug 21, 1970

Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE. This is the English summary of the issue of January 2006.

Doctor prosecutions
Aug 21, 1970

Two doctors who “together” helped a patient to die, where it was not completely clear that she had asked for this, were discharged from prosecution by the Court of Appeal because of the long time (18 months!) it had taken the prosecution to do its job. Unfortunately they offered no verdict on the principle.

A doctor who administered sleeping drugs and morphine to a terminally ill patient and did not report it was acquitted of all charges. His defense was that it was Terminal Sedation and thus a “normal” medical decision which has nothing to do with euthanasia.

DWDV November 2007 Newsletter
Aug 21, 1970
Bush Administration challenges Oregon Death with Dignity Act
Aug 21, 1970

Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.

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