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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).

Attitudes of Oregon Psychologists Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Oregon Death With Dignity Act
Aug 20, 1970

Since the passage of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act (ODDA), psychologists have been grappling with how to fulfill their legally specified role in the process of physician,assisted suicide.

Oregon's Death with Dignity Act: Three years of legalized physician-assisted suicide.
Aug 20, 1970
The Quality of Mercy
Aug 20, 1970

On 9th September VES UK published ‘The Quality of Mercy’, a comprehensive review of existing research on assisted dying and physical illness in the UK. ‘The Quality of Mercy’ demonstrates that the UK law has forced assisted dying underground, with the result that vulnerable people are not protected.

Comatose woman's father wants judge removed from case
Aug 20, 1970

Court activity intensifies as the deadline approaches for the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Terri Schiavo's father is asking for the removal of the original judge who ruled his daughter should be allowed to die.

Position Statement on Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

The national peak body for palliative care, Palliative Care Australia, issued their most recent Statement on Euthanasia (Why not voluntary euthanasia?, one might ask.) in March 1999 at their Nation

DIGINITAS digging out from 'avalanche'
Aug 20, 1970

The Swiss euthanasia organization DIGNITAS has recently been obliged to virtually close its doors due to enormous pressure of work. It has received extensive world publicity this year about its euthanasia services, resulting in it being swamped with applications. It has been reduced to sending automatic, formal replies to inquirers. DIGNITAS is based in Forch, close to Zurich.

Campaigner fights muzzle
Aug 20, 1970

Voluntary euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin, who has been charged with the attempted murder of her mother, will fight in court next week against a muzzling order.

ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF PAIN IN PALLIATIVE CARE PATIENTS
Aug 20, 1970

Pain affects more than 70% of cancer patients but is often undertreated. The authors review and present methodologies to maximize proper palliative approaches to this symptom for the majority of patients.

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.

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