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A Hemlock by any other name...
Aug 20, 1970

The Hemlock Society USA intends to change its name to one more acceptable to legislators. But it cannot make up its mind to what. When Hemlock’s founders adopted the name in l980 it was meant as an allusion to the poison weed used by ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for suicide. In literature, particularly Shakespeare, the ‘taking of hemlock’ referred to rational suicide. American legislators apparently see odious connotations to Socrates taking hemlock because the Roman Senate condemned to him to death or exile for treasonous teachings.

Proud to watch as Nancy Crick died
Aug 20, 1970

A DECISION on whether charges will be laid against the 21 people who witnessed Gold Coast grandmother Nancy Crick commit suicide last year could be known within a month, Queensland's Director of Public Prosecutions, Leanne Clare, said yesterday.

To live or to die
Aug 20, 1970

Should terminal patients have the right to end their lives painlessly? An Oregon lawsuit has implications for us all.

MAJORITY OF SWEDES WANT EUTHANASIA TO BE AVAILABLE
Aug 20, 1970

A majority of Swedes think that those who want euthanasia should be allowed to have it, according to a recent poll.

United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) rejects Ramon Sampedro's heir demand
Aug 20, 1970

The UNHCR ruled the claim of Ramon Samedro's heir against the Spanish government to be inadmissable.

History of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

In 1976 Dr Tenrei Ota, upon formation of the Japan Euthanasia Society (now the Japan Society for Dying with Dignity), called for an international meeting of existing national right-to-die societies

Appellate Court Says Wife Has Right to Disconnect Husband's Life Support
Aug 20, 1970

Appellate Court Says Wife Has Right to Disconnect Husband's Life Support

DOUG WILLIS, Associated Press Writer

February 24, 2000



17:49 PST SACRAMENTO (AP) -- An appellate court ruled Thursday that the wife of a Stockton man who suffered severe brain damage -- and has been paralyzed and unable to communicate since a 1993 traffic accident -- has the right to disconnect his life support over the objections of his mother.

Reports on the progress of the Oregon legislation from ABC News
Aug 20, 1970
BBC: An 'In Depth' feature on euthanasia on the BBC's home page
Aug 20, 1970
Swiss Senate decides to put forward proposal for new euthanasia law
Aug 20, 1970

Following the publication in June of a report by the University of Zurich, the Swiss Senate has decided to put forward a new proposal for a law on euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The University of Zurich’s new report, which forms part of the European Commission-sponsored study of end-of-life decision making in six European countries (see above), examined 3,350 deaths in German-speaking Switzerland and found that half were preceded by an end-of-life decision. Compared with its European neighbours, Switzerland was also found to have the highest number of cases of assisted suicide.

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