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American Medical Association Policy on Assisted Suicide
Aug 20, 1970

American Medical Association Policies: Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patients death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g., the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide).

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.

“Death Tourism”
Aug 20, 1970

In the last year, Dignitas in Switzerland has attracted great media coverage, in the UK and in Europe at large, for assisting the suicides of people who are not Swiss citizens.

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

The new board of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

Left to right, standing: Libby Drake (Australia, secretary), Jacob Kohnstamm (Netherlands), Annelies Plaisant (Florida, USA, treasurer), Dr. Michio Arakawa (Japan), Jacqueline Herremans (Belgium), Dr. Michael Irwin (UK, president), and Dr. Richard MacDonald (USA). Seated: Juana Betancor (Spain, vice- president), Derek Humphry (USA, newsletter editor), Dr. Libby Wilson (UK).

Dr. Juan Mendoza-Vega (Colombia)

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
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.

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