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Top California court rules in 'right to die' case
Aug 20, 1970

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 09 (Reuters) - Ruling in a closely watched "right to die" case, California's top court said on Thursday that family members have no right to stop life support for conscious patients who are not terminally ill.

The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision came several weeks after the death of the man at the center of the case, 49-year-old Robert Wendland, who died of natural causes on July 17 while still attached to life support.

Final Exit
Aug 20, 1970

Current listing of laws concerning euthanasia

Twenty five years of requests for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Dutch general practice: trend analysis
Aug 20, 1970

This study was published in Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) which explored the question, “What is a good death?”

Husband seeks to remove life support before appeal
Aug 20, 1970

Michael Schiavo tells a judge he does not want to wait any longer before letting Terri Schiavo die, a move her parents vehemently oppose.

ABSENCE OF URGENCY: A DEADLY PROBLEM WHEN STROKES OCCUR
Aug 20, 1970

NEW YORK TIMES Health Section

By Laurie Tarkin, Jenny Warburg for The New York Times

Of the estimated 730,000 Americans who have strokes each year, nearly 160,000 die and another 400,000 suffer varying degrees of disability. Yet, when stroke patients arrive at emergency rooms, medical experts say, they are not usually treated with the urgency required.

The less-than-rapid response, in some cases, can make the difference between full recovery and permanent debilitating disease or death.

Europe is center of progress
Aug 20, 1970

Report from the 2003 meeting of the RTD-E by Ron Plummer, President of the Europe Division.

PM for mercy killings
Aug 20, 1970

Prime Minister Helen Clark has come out in support of voluntary euthanasia as mercy killing comes back on to the political agenda.

Health Minister to Push for Euthanasia Law
Aug 20, 1970

France's straight-talking health minister plans to press for the legalization of euthanasia after favorable opinion polls in France and a vote last week made the Netherlands the first country to openly endorse mercy killing.

Some Chinese seek euthanasia laws
Aug 20, 1970

In the two-week-long first session of the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, just closed in Beijing, Congress delegate Huang Zhong-cheng urged implementation of a pilot scheme for practicing euthanasia in Beijing. NPC delegates have been requesting legislation concerning euthanasia since 1992.

China defines euthanasia as “To end the life of a terminal patient in an humanitarian way, for the request of the relatives of the patient or the patient who is suffering severely both mentally and physically, agreed by physician.”

Undertreating Pain Can Amount to Elder Abuse
Aug 20, 1970

In the first case to assert that failure to treat pain adequately is a form of elder abuse, an Alameda County, Calif., court ruling allows the case to proceed to trial.

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