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The Death with Dignity Act
Aug 20, 1970
Changes in the board of the World Federation of Right to Die societies
Aug 20, 1970

The WFRtDS has a new president, Jacob Kohnstamm and a new vice-president, Jacqueline Herremans. Annelies Plaisant was re-elected as treasurer and Faye Girsh is now newsletter editor.

American Medical Association Policy on Assisted Suicide
Aug 20, 1970

American Medical Association Policies: Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patients death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g., the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide).

Court to Decide Coma Victim's Fate
Aug 20, 1970

The parents of a woman who has been in a coma since 1990 asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to stop her husband fromhaving her feeding tube removed.

Are Living Wills Followed?
Aug 20, 1970

Having an advance directive is no guarantee that end-of-life wishes will be honored. A 1995 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study of 4,300 critically ill patients found that only 49 percent who requested do not resuscitate (DNR) orders actually got them; 70 percent of those patients were never asked their preferences. There have been many cases in which individuals who have taken all the right steps have been deprived of seeing their loved ones' wishes carried out because of physician, family, or institutional resistance.

“Death Tourism”
Aug 20, 1970

In the last year, Dignitas in Switzerland has attracted great media coverage, in the UK and in Europe at large, for assisting the suicides of people who are not Swiss citizens.

Right-to-die arrest: Daughter charged
Aug 20, 1970

Battlelines are being drawn over the right to die after a Wanganui woman was charged with attempted murder on the day legislation forcing a conscience vote on euthanasia was introduced to Parliament.

Dutch Parliament Approves Euthanasia Bill
Aug 20, 1970

In what was both feared and celebrated as a morally groundbreaking decision, the Dutch Senate on Tuesday enshrined in law a terminally ill patient's right to suicide and a doctor'

The new board of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

Left to right, standing: Libby Drake (Australia, secretary), Jacob Kohnstamm (Netherlands), Annelies Plaisant (Florida, USA, treasurer), Dr. Michio Arakawa (Japan), Jacqueline Herremans (Belgium), Dr. Michael Irwin (UK, president), and Dr. Richard MacDonald (USA). Seated: Juana Betancor (Spain, vice- president), Derek Humphry (USA, newsletter editor), Dr. Libby Wilson (UK).

Dr. Juan Mendoza-Vega (Colombia)

Lawsuit Alleges Elder Abuse for Inadequate Pain Control
Aug 20, 1970

A California lawsuit may give you additional reason to make sure that your patients are adequately treated for pain.

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