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American Medical Association Policy on Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment
Aug 20, 1970

American Medical Association Policies: Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment

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.

Draft report on the situation as regards fundamental rights in the European Union (2002)
Aug 20, 1970

On the 3rd September the European Parliament voted to omit from an annual report on fundamental rights an article which raised the issue of assisted dying in Europe. The report on fundamental rights in the European Union in 2002 was prepared on the ‘own-initiative’ of the Committee on Citizen’s Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. Whilst the report is mostly concerned with other human rights issues and abuses, its draft form had contained one article which:

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'

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.

Befrienders International
Aug 20, 1970

If you are feeling suicidal at this point in time, and you need someone to talk to, this site provides referral and information services.

Dutch ‘Drion Pill’ becomes ‘Lastwillpill’
Aug 20, 1970

The annual meeting of the Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Foundation (NVVE) on March 29, 2003, voted on several important changes to its constitution, a new name, and a fresh name for the Drion Pill. These changes were felt necessary because legalization and social acceptance have been achieved.

Main points in this change were:

Federal judge temporarily blocks Ashcroft directive on assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new federal directive intended to thwart Oregon's assisted suicide law.

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