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DIGNITY IN DYING BILL
Aug 20, 1970

Legislative Council - South Australia

Wednesday, 14th March 2001

Extract from Hansard

DIGNITY IN DYING BILL

The Hon. SANDRA KANCK obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to provide for the administration of medical procedures to assist the death of patients who are hopelessly ill and who have experienced a desire for the procedure subject to appropriate safeguards. Read a first time.

The Hon. SANDRA KANCK: I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

A Hemlock by any other name...
Aug 20, 1970

The Hemlock Society USA intends to change its name to one more acceptable to legislators. But it cannot make up its mind to what. When Hemlock’s founders adopted the name in l980 it was meant as an allusion to the poison weed used by ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for suicide. In literature, particularly Shakespeare, the ‘taking of hemlock’ referred to rational suicide. American legislators apparently see odious connotations to Socrates taking hemlock because the Roman Senate condemned to him to death or exile for treasonous teachings.

Advocate dedicates her life to a dignified death
Aug 20, 1970

Lesley Martin will be married in the school hall at Wanganui Girls College a week today. Three days before the nuptials, Ms Martin, who has been charged with attempting to kill her ill mother, Joy, will appear in the Wanganui District Court for a hearing.

Undermedicating Called Elder Abuse: Jury Awards $1.5 Million Over Cancer Pain
Aug 20, 1970

A jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of a man who accused his doctor of not prescribing enough pain medication during a battle with lung cancer.

Public Opinion in the UK about Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

Adapted from VES --The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of England and Wales

United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) rejects Ramon Sampedro's heir demand
Aug 20, 1970

The UNHCR ruled the claim of Ramon Samedro's heir against the Spanish government to be inadmissable.

Declarations on Assisted Dying
Aug 20, 1970

The following Declarations were made at International Conferences of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

INJURED MAN IN LIFE SUPPORT CASE DIES
Aug 20, 1970

INJURED MAN IN LIFE SUPPORT CASE DIES Court: His wife and mother had battled for years over the right to end medical aid.

July 18, 2001

Los Angeles Times

Maura Dolan, Times Legal Affairs Writer

Robert Wendland, focus of California court

case, photographed in May, prior to his death



San Francisco-- A severely disabled man who is the subject of a closely watched right-to-die case before the California Supreme Court died of pneumonia Tuesday, family lawyers and a hospital official said.

Practical Issues in Physician-Assisted Suicide
Aug 20, 1970

American College for Physicians offers facts on legal and medical consequences of physician-assisted suicide.

Third ‘Remmelink’ Report
Aug 20, 1970

On the 23rd May 2003, Professors Van der Wal and Van der Maas presented their long awaited third report on euthanasia in the Netherlands (also known as the Remmelink report).

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