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Atlanta Court of Appeal rejects Terry Schiavo's parents' appeal
Aug 21, 1970

The Atlanta federal appeals court Wednesday rejected Terry Schiavo's parents' latest attempt to get the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reconnected.

Newsletter RtD-Europe, November 2004
Aug 21, 1970

The latest developments on assisted dying in Europe: Case Law Developments or Cases in National Courts, Books Published, Research published or currently undertaken, Opinion Polls, Campaigns, Cases that have attracted public media attention, Other issues.

Death of a veteran right-to-die campaigner: Beatriz Gomez
Aug 21, 1970

By Derek Humphrey

Beatriz Gomez, a person who defied all conventional taboos and founded a right-to-die organization in Colombia - a Catholic country and herself a Catholic -- has died. She was 84, and passed away peacefully and suddenly at her home in Bogotá on August 15, 2006.

Legal change
Aug 21, 1970

A bill which would give terminally ill patients the right to demand an end to treatment, including artificial feeding, was passed in France. Passive euthanasia would thus be authorized; active euthanasia would remain illegal. Doctors will be able to switch off life-support machines “if these extend life artificially” without fear of prosecution.

Minister Thumbs Nose at Terminally Ill
Aug 21, 1970

During the debate, Pyne made several misleading assertions. Other debaters had to correct the Minister. Mr Neil Francis, President of Dying With Dignity Victoria, said “This poll delivers an unambiguous message to Canberra—one that can’t be ignored.

Doctor prosecutions
Aug 21, 1970

Two doctors who “together” helped a patient to die, where it was not completely clear that she had asked for this, were discharged from prosecution by the Court of Appeal because of the long time (18 months!) it had taken the prosecution to do its job. Unfortunately they offered no verdict on the principle.

A doctor who administered sleeping drugs and morphine to a terminally ill patient and did not report it was acquitted of all charges. His defense was that it was Terminal Sedation and thus a “normal” medical decision which has nothing to do with euthanasia.

DWDV November 2007 Newsletter
Aug 21, 1970
The World Medical Association and Voluntary Euthanasia
Aug 21, 1970

If the World Medical Association can take a neutral stance on abortion and thus acknowledge it to be a matter of conscience for the doctor, why can it not take the same view with voluntary euthanasia?

Call to allow 'suffering from life' mercy killings
Aug 21, 1970

Dutch doctors should be allowed — under very strict conditions — to help with mercy killings or euthanasia of patients who are not ill, but who are suffering from life, a special commission has advised.

Cases Attracting Media Attention
Aug 21, 1970

A decision in July this year in the case of Peter K. is seen as helpful. It strengthens a patient’s right to self-determination and clarifies important areas of conflict, for example by stating clearly that feeding by injection without the patient’s consent is illegal. “An end to artificial feeding should not have been refused. Living wills, even expressed only orally, are also binding on care authorities.”

Source: Newsletter RtD-Europe, September 2005.


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