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When Death Is Sought
Aug 20, 1970

A report from the Task Force on Life and Law in New York. Details the legality of euthansia.

Ten Minute Rule Motion for an Older People’s Rights Commissioner
Aug 20, 1970

On 17th June 2003, Mr David Taylor, a Labour/Co-op MP with a Christian Socialist background, introduced a Ten Minute Rule Motion:

Lethal Jabs Study Fuels Belgian Euthanasia Debate
Aug 20, 1970

More than three in 100 deaths in Belgium's northern Flemish region every year are the result of lethal injection without the patient's request, according to a medical study published on Friday.

The Brussels Declaration on Assisted Dying
Aug 20, 1970

The Brussels Declaration on Assisted Dying, made at the 14th International Conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies held in Brussels, Belgium from 5- 8 September 2002.

How it's done in Switzerland
Aug 20, 1970

The World Conference in Brussels provided the opportunity to listen to numerous presentations from experts in the field. None of us, however, could hear every presentation. I would do a disservice to our presenters, therefore, if I attempted to summarize the work of each presenter in just a few words.

COMATOSE WOMAN BACK ON LIFE SUPPORT AS COURT BATTLE RESUMES
Aug 20, 1970

Life-support feeding for a woman who has been comatose for 11 years resumed two days after her husband had it cut off to let her die.

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
Seguin Award to be made for the first time in Tokyo.
Aug 20, 1970

The World Federation of Right To Die Societies biennial conference in Tokyo in the fall of 2004 will see the presentation of the first Marilyn Seguin Memorial Award. The Board of Directors, at their meeting in Luxembourg in October 2003 discussed possible recipients and have decided on a very worthy individual who will be receiving this inaugural presentation in honor of Marilyn Seguin.

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.

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