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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

Euthanasia decriminalized under tight rules
Aug 20, 1970

The Belgian law on euthanasia came into force on 23 September 2002. To avoid misunderstandings or misinterpretations (I have read everything and its contrary about this law since the last months), it seems important to stress its main elements:

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
Trial Set For Euthanasia Campaigner
Aug 20, 1970

New Zealand euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin will be tried in March 2004 for the attempted murder of her mother.

Between now and the two-week trial, police will monitor Ms Martin’s web site to make sure she does not breach her bail conditions.

Ms Martin is prohibited from speaking about her own case, but can speak about other cases.

She says she is currently gathering signatures for an open letter to Parliament.

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

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

Recent advances: Palliative care
Aug 20, 1970

J Andrew Billings: In this article I introduce current concepts about palliative care and review advances in this subject over the past five years, highlighting developments of particular interest to generalists.

Newsletter of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

April 2004 issue of the newsletter of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies (no 45).

Euthanasia case gagging order 'may breach Bill of Rights'
Aug 20, 1970

Legal experts and civil libertarians have condemned the gagging order on pro-euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin as a possible breach of the Bill of Rights.

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