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The Philosophy of Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

The Internet's Encyclopedia of Philosophy's definition of Euthanasia

Second Reading of Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill
Aug 20, 1970

On 6th June, Lord Joffe’s Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill was, in keeping with tradition, given an unopposed second reading by members of the House of Lords.

Ashcroft memorandum
Aug 20, 1970

Text of Ashcroft memorandum prohibiting use of federally controlled substances for assisted suicide.

Vacco, Attorney General of New York v. Quill, 117 S.Ct. 2293, 138 L.Ed.2d (1997)
Aug 20, 1970
Brussels conference also a celebration
Aug 20, 1970

Before going to Brussels, my Berlitz guidebook told me that the people of this city "resolved long ago to have a good time, come what may, and their stoic enjoyment of life is very contagious ". And, with over a hundred different Belgian beers available, it was certainly a great place and occasion, last September, to celebrate the fact that Belgium had legalized (by a final vote of 86 to 51) physician-assisted dying in May 2002.

Right to die case taken to European court
Aug 20, 1970

A terminally-ill woman took her fight for the right to "die with dignity" to the European court of human rights today.

ATTITUDES AND DESIRES RELATED TO EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE AMONG TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Aug 20, 1970

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Nov. 16, 2000, Vol;284:2460-2468

This article received considerable attention in the press when it was released.

Author Information Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD; Diane L. Fairclough, DPH; Linda L. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Context Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are highly controversial issues. While there are studies of seriously ill patients' interest in euthanasia and PAS, there are no data on the attitudes and desires of terminally ill patients regarding these issues.

French Doctor may be charged in Humbert case
Aug 20, 1970

The head doctor of the intensive care ward where a French paraplegic, Vincent Humbert, died six weeks ago may be charged with premeditated murder for injecting Mr. Humbert with a lethal substance.

The death of Mr. Humbert, 22, which was initially ascribed to his mother, Marie, came after an unsuccessful nine-month campaign by his supporters to make euthanasia legal, an effort that set off a national debate over the issue of assisted suicide.

Bid to legalise assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Lord Joel Joffe - a retired human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela - wants the right to assisted suicide enshrined on the statute book.

Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids
Aug 20, 1970

This paper presents terminal sedation and voluntary refusal of hydration and nutrition as potential last resorts.

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