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748 cases of suicide assisted by Swiss right-to-die organisation
Aug 20, 1970

This study provides a retrospective analysis of all assisted suicide case files kept by Exist Deutsche Schweiz between 1990 and 2000.

Court to Decide Coma Victim's Fate
Aug 20, 1970

The parents of a woman who has been in a coma since 1990 asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to stop her husband fromhaving her feeding tube removed.

Are Living Wills Followed?
Aug 20, 1970

Having an advance directive is no guarantee that end-of-life wishes will be honored. A 1995 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study of 4,300 critically ill patients found that only 49 percent who requested do not resuscitate (DNR) orders actually got them; 70 percent of those patients were never asked their preferences. There have been many cases in which individuals who have taken all the right steps have been deprived of seeing their loved ones' wishes carried out because of physician, family, or institutional resistance.

House of Lords establishes a Select Committee
Aug 20, 1970

The new parliamentary move to allow British physicians to assist terminally-ill patients to end their lives cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords, in London, on March 10th.

Right-to-die arrest: Daughter charged
Aug 20, 1970

Battlelines are being drawn over the right to die after a Wanganui woman was charged with attempted murder on the day legislation forcing a conscience vote on euthanasia was introduced to Parliament.

Dutch Parliament Approves Euthanasia Bill
Aug 20, 1970

In what was both feared and celebrated as a morally groundbreaking decision, the Dutch Senate on Tuesday enshrined in law a terminally ill patient's right to suicide and a doctor'

Suicide reform plea to stop Britons going abroad to die
Aug 20, 1970

(From The Guardian in London, April 16, 2003)

Campaigners for euthanasia claimed yesterday that a failure to make assisted suicide legal in Britain was driving people abroad to end their lives. The case of Robert and Jennifer Stokes, a couple from Bedfordshire who were helped to die by a Swiss euthanasia group, has renewed concern about “suicide tourism”. Mrs. Stokes is believed to have attempted suicide before.

To live or to die
Aug 20, 1970

Should terminal patients have the right to end their lives painlessly? An Oregon lawsuit has implications for us all.

Doctor found reckless for not relieving pain
Aug 20, 1970

San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, June 14, 2001

Doctor found reckless for not relieving pain
$1.5 million jury verdict for family of cancer patient who went home to Hayward to die

Matthew Yi, Chronicle Staff Writer


In a trial that became a forum for the debate over how pain is treated in American medicine, an Alameda County jury yesterday found that an internist committed elder abuse and reckless negligence by not giving enough pain medication to a Hayward man dying of cancer.

Crisis Site
Aug 20, 1970

From the About.com Depression guide. If you are considering suicide, go here now.

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