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Palliative Care – Not a One Issue Debate
Aug 21, 1970

The Australian organizations listed below, seeking law reform to permit patient choice for a medically assisted death, call upon Palliative Care Australia to acknowledge its responsibility to all suffering people under its care ...

Hokkaido doctor faces murder charge
Aug 21, 1970

A doctor at a Hokkaido hospital is suspected of murder over a case in which a 90-year-old patient died in February last year after his respirator was switched off. It will be the first time in Japan that the police have charged a doctor with murder for halting life-sustaining treatment.

Dying With Dignity Victoria (August) newsletter
Aug 21, 1970

The newsletter of Dying with Dignity Victoria, Australia.This edition contains information about:

Book by Derek Humphry
Aug 21, 1970

The Good Euthanasia Guide: Where, What, and Who in Choices in Dying provides a well-organized compendium of the laws on assisted suicide and euthanasia internationally, a directory of right-to-die organizations and more. Order from the ERGO store website .

Are Living Wills Followed?
Aug 20, 1970

Are Living Wills Followed?

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.

Ashcroft Ruling Blocks Ore. Assisted-Suicide Law
Aug 20, 1970

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft effectively blocked Oregon's landmark assisted-suicide law yesterday, authorizing federal drug agents to identify and punish doctors who prescribe federally controlled drugs to help terminally ill patients die.

When Death Is Sought
Aug 20, 1970

A report from the Task Force on Life and Law in New York. Details the legality of euthansia.

Ten Minute Rule Motion for an Older People’s Rights Commissioner
Aug 20, 1970

On 17th June 2003, Mr David Taylor, a Labour/Co-op MP with a Christian Socialist background, introduced a Ten Minute Rule Motion:

Lethal Jabs Study Fuels Belgian Euthanasia Debate
Aug 20, 1970

More than three in 100 deaths in Belgium's northern Flemish region every year are the result of lethal injection without the patient's request, according to a medical study published on Friday.


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