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Timeline of the Terri Schiavo Case
Aug 20, 1970

Adapted from the Associated Press, Dec 25, 2002

The following is the timeline in the case of Terri Schiavo, who first collapsed and fell into a coma in 1990. The conflict between Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, began in 1993, and continues to this day. The court bhattle began in 1998, when Michael Schiavo petitioned the court to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

  • Feb. 25, 1990: Terri Schiavo collapses in her home. Doctors believe a potassium imbalance caused her heart to stop, temporarily cutting off oxygen to her brain.
Medical Opinion of Voluntary Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

There is increasing medical interest and support in the United Kingdom for legalising voluntary euthanasia.

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.”

California high court to ponder rights on medical decisions
Aug 20, 1970

California high court to ponder rights on medical decisions
Physician groups fear legal intrusion into determinations best made by patients and their closest family members.

American Medical News, July 31, 2000
By Vida Foubister, AMNews staff.

California Supreme Court justices unanimously decided last month to review a long-standing case that weighs incompetent patients' right to refuse medical treatment with their constitutional right to life.

"A Story of Terminal Sedation"
Aug 20, 1970

The following article from THE AGE (Melbourne) March 7, 2001 was forwarded by the DELIVERANCE NEWS SERVICE.



THE HARD WAY OUT

Chloe Saltau with Theresa Ambrose

National Petition for depenalisation of euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

On June 3rd, three Luxembourg newspapers brought a short appeal to the new coming-in Government to take action on depenalisation of euthanasia - signed by 100 personalities of Luxembourg society wi

Exploring the Angst of the Terminally Ill
Aug 20, 1970

Patients considering euthanasia are worried less about unbearable pain than about the social and emotional disintegration that accompanies terminal illness, a new survey has found.

Kevorkian Controversy
Aug 20, 1970

Written by the Detroit Free Press a chronological study of Jack Kevorkian and issues surrounding his work.

End-of-life decision-making in six European countries: descriptive study
Aug 20, 1970

On the 17th June 2003, The Lancet published a report entitled ‘End-of-life decision-making in six European countries: descriptive study’, which examines the frequency and characteristics of end-of-life decision-making practices in Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Italy (four areas), the Netherlands, Sweden and the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Bush policy on suicide is shielded in secrecy
Aug 20, 1970

Nathan Diament spent two years lobbying Congress to shut down Oregon's assisted-suicide law. But when Bush administration officials called Tuesday to say they had done the job by administrative action, he was not only pleased but also surprised.

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