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New right-to-die online bookstore opens
Aug 21, 1970

ERGO (Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization), a nonprofit Oregon educational corporation, USA, has opened a new online bookstore supplying books and documents on hastened death.

25 Years of ADMD
Aug 21, 1970

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the French ADMD. Founded in April 1980 by Michel Landa, the ADMD held its first General Assembly on 2nd June that year.

Living Wills and Advance Directives in the World: Current State and Outlook
Aug 21, 1970

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

By Dr. Michio Arakawa, Executive Director, Japan Society for Dying with Dignity

Terry Schiavo died in Florida hospice.
Aug 21, 1970

After 13 days without food and hydration Terri Schiavo died in a Florida hospice. Seven years of court battles, including six unsuccessful attempts to have the Supreme Court intervene, resulted in a highly divisive media frenzy over this reputedly shy woman who has been unresponsive for 15 years. The Vatican likened her death to "capital punishment for an innocent person"; her parents called removal of the feeding tube "judicial homicide."

Toronto manifesto
Aug 21, 1970

The World Federation of Right to Die Societies (an international non-governmental organization) is aware of the increasing concern to many individuals over their right to die with dignity. Believing in the rights and freedom of all persons, we affirm this right to die with dignity, meaning in peace and without suffering.

EXIT Deutsche Schweiz update
Aug 21, 1970

EXIT now has some 50,000 ­members. Advice on Living Wills and keeping records of the documents of EXIT members is a large part of the organization’s work. In 2004 EXIT accompanied 153 persons at assisted suicides. The average age was 73 years with a range from 36 to 95. Pre-conditions for assisted suicides are: membership in EXIT Deutsche Schweiz; decision-­making capacity; a continuing wish to die; and a hopeless prognosis.

New Book in Italian
Aug 21, 1970

The publisher Eleuthera, in Milan, Italy, has decided to translate and publish Derek Humphry's latest book "The Good Euthanasia Guide: Where, What, and Who in Choices in Dying". It will be on sale in a few months time.

Summary Relevant 1 February 2008
Aug 21, 1970

Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE.

Tokyo declaration of August, 1976.
Aug 21, 1970

The Brussels Declaration on Assisted Dying, made at the 14th International Conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies held in Brussels, Belgium from 5- 8 September 2002.

Meeting held on Death With Dignity Bill
Aug 21, 1970

As reported in Newsletter No 2, the Death With Dignity Bill of Jeremy Purvis, Liberal Democrat MSP, has been out for consultation by public bodies and committees through the summer. It is expected to be debated in the Scottish Parliament later this year.


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