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Public Opinion in the UK about Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

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

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.

Wyden to Bush: Keep hands off Oregon law on assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on President Bush on Tuesday to quash any administration efforts to block Oregon's doctor- assisted suicide law by rewriting federal drug enforcement policy.

Statistics of Euthanasia Supporters
Aug 20, 1970

From the VESS Euthanasia.org site from Scotland. The page lists polls that suggest widespread support of euthanasia issues.

Twenty five years of requests for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Dutch general practice: trend analysis
Aug 20, 1970

This study was published in Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) which explored the question, “What is a good death?”

Top California court rules in 'right to die' case
Aug 20, 1970

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 09 (Reuters) - Ruling in a closely watched "right to die" case, California's top court said on Thursday that family members have no right to stop life support for conscious patients who are not terminally ill.

The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision came several weeks after the death of the man at the center of the case, 49-year-old Robert Wendland, who died of natural causes on July 17 while still attached to life support.

Final Exit
Aug 20, 1970

Current listing of laws concerning euthanasia

Europe is center of progress
Aug 20, 1970

Report from the 2003 meeting of the RTD-E by Ron Plummer, President of the Europe Division.

Husband seeks to remove life support before appeal
Aug 20, 1970

Michael Schiavo tells a judge he does not want to wait any longer before letting Terri Schiavo die, a move her parents vehemently oppose.

ABSENCE OF URGENCY: A DEADLY PROBLEM WHEN STROKES OCCUR
Aug 20, 1970

NEW YORK TIMES Health Section

By Laurie Tarkin, Jenny Warburg for The New York Times

Of the estimated 730,000 Americans who have strokes each year, nearly 160,000 die and another 400,000 suffer varying degrees of disability. Yet, when stroke patients arrive at emergency rooms, medical experts say, they are not usually treated with the urgency required.

The less-than-rapid response, in some cases, can make the difference between full recovery and permanent debilitating disease or death.

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