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Bush presidency begins decline
Aug 20, 1970

By Earl Wettstein, President of Arizonans for Death with Dignity (a branch of Hemlock USA).

President Bush's approval rating has peaked somewhere around 88% and will now begin a decline toward his Failure to Get Re-elected Day in November of 2004.

With his decision to unleash Attorney General Ashcroft on the Oregon Death With Dignity Law, he has gutted not only that law, but his presidency. He just doesn't know it yet.

Why I Believe in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock society, shares his beliefs in why he supports euthanasia.

"What is a good death?" (British Medical Journal)
Aug 20, 1970

Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) provided a series of articles exploring the question, “What is a good death?” One article examines the effects of euthanasia on

BELGIUM READY TO VOTE ON EUTHANASIA LAW
Aug 20, 1970

Belgian lawmakers have agreed on a draft law to legalise euthanasia in certain cases, subject to approval by parliament later this year.

Better communication needed between pharmacists and doctors about doses and techniqus for euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

Interview with former professor of pharmacology and hospital doctor, dr. Jan Glerum

Widow of euthanasia campaigner arrested
Aug 20, 1970

The widow of a euthanasia campaigner was arrested on November 17, 2003, in connection with his death a month ago. Mrs. Patricia Kneen was arrested at her home in Port Erin, Isle of Man. She was questioned at a police station and later released on bail.

Patrick Kneen, 74, a farmer, died from prostate cancer. He spent the last months of his life trying to persuade politicians on the island to change the law on euthanasia.

MAN WANTS TO LET COMATOSE WIFE DIE
Aug 20, 1970

A man seeking to end the life of his comatose wife against the wishes of her parents asked for a court order Monday that would allow him to again cut off her food and water.

Ethical issues in diagnosis and management of patients in the permanent vegetative state
Aug 20, 1970

Derick T Wade, consultant and professor in neurological disability. Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre, Oxford OX1 4XD

Summary points

  • The diagnosis of the permanent vegetative state cannot be absolutely certain
  • There is no standard test of awareness and data on prognosis are limited
  • Patients in the permanent vegetative state raise ethical issues concerning the nature of consciousness, quality of life, the value society attributes to life, and handling of uncertainty
New Bill presented to the British House of Lords
Aug 20, 1970

January 15th 2004, a new Assisted Dying Bill was introduced to the British House of Lords by Lord Joffe, a retired human rights lawyer, and a member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of England and Wales.

Court case rekindles right-to-die debate
Aug 20, 1970

Elderly Victoria woman faces assisted suicide charges in controversial case.From: Canada.com

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