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World Federation grows, some law successes
Aug 20, 1970

President's Report by Michael Irwin, MD, President of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies.

Judge orders Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed
Aug 20, 1970

After a month of consideration, a judge has once again given his approval to remove the feeding tube from a comatose Pinellas County woman. The decision by Circuit Judge George Greer may clear the way for Terri Schiavo to die.

'Death with dignity' bill gets broad panel approval
Aug 20, 1970

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday approved a bill enabling anyone over the age of 18 to sign a statement instructing physicians not to extend their lives by artificial means if they stand no chance of recovery.

Dutch top court waffles in Sutorious case
Aug 20, 1970

Regarding the last ‘famous’ Dutch case (Brongersma/Sutorius), on December 24, 2002, the Netherlands Supreme Court confirmed the verdict by the Court of Appeal Amsterdam, that declared GP Sutorius guilty of assisting in the suicide of former senator Brongersma, but did not give him a sentence. The court ruled that “the GP acted conscientiously and carefully”, but he should not have helped, because the senator was “not ill” (the courts: there was no medical classification of his condition). Further appeal is not possible.

ACLU-NC Supports Man's Right to End Life Support
Aug 20, 1970

On October 10, the ACLU-NC filed an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court supporting Robert Wendland, a man on life-support, who had previously asserted his desire not to be sustained artificially by medical technology.

Euthanasia doctor poised to support woman on attempted murder charge
Aug 20, 1970

Exit Australia head Dr Philip Nitschke is supporting euthanasia advocate Lesley Martin at her next court appearance on an attempted murder charge.

South Australian Dying with Dignity Bill to be Tabled
Aug 20, 1970

ANOTHER attempt to make voluntary euthanasia legal in SA will be put to both Houses of Parliament this week.

Governor Jeb Bush intervenes in "right to die" case
Aug 20, 1970

A right to die case in Florida that has passed through the hands of 19 separate judges drew the state's governor, Jeb Bush, into its ambit last week, when he met the family of the woman at its centre and filed a brief with the court.

Film on Ramon Sampedro' s life to be shown in Venice mostra next September
Aug 20, 1970

The film "Mar Adentro" ("Out to the Sea") based on Ramon Sampedro´s life and fight to die-with-dignity has been chosen to be shown in The International Film Festival in Venice (La Mostra).

Bylaws of the World Federation
Aug 20, 1970

The Bylaws of the World Federation, as adapted after Tokyo can be downloaded by clicking here.

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