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Second reading of UK Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill (6th June 2003)
Aug 20, 1970

Future notice: On 6th June a Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill will proceed to its second reading in the House of Lords.

Wyden to Bush: Keep hands off Oregon law on assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on President Bush on Tuesday to quash any administration efforts to block Oregon's doctor- assisted suicide law by rewriting federal drug enforcement policy.

Statistics of Euthanasia Supporters
Aug 20, 1970

From the VESS Euthanasia.org site from Scotland. The page lists polls that suggest widespread support of euthanasia issues.

Parliamentary Commission set up as Doctor claims responsibility for Vincent Humbert’s death
Aug 20, 1970

On 26th September Vincent Humbert died after his mother Marie Humbert injected a lethal dose of barbiturates into his intravenous drip. Four days later, his doctor claimed responsibility for his death. The publicity that has ensued from the case of Vincent Humbert has revitalised national debate on the subject of mercy-killing and prompted the French National Assembly to set up a Commission to investigate issues relating to the ‘end of life’.

Top California court rules in 'right to die' case
Aug 20, 1970

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 09 (Reuters) - Ruling in a closely watched "right to die" case, California's top court said on Thursday that family members have no right to stop life support for conscious patients who are not terminally ill.

The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision came several weeks after the death of the man at the center of the case, 49-year-old Robert Wendland, who died of natural causes on July 17 while still attached to life support.

Final Exit
Aug 20, 1970

Current listing of laws concerning euthanasia

The "good death", an ideal within our grasp
Aug 20, 1970

Death represents the only certitude we have in life. Our hour will inevitably come and each person must ask himself how he wishes to die. Doctors, like everyone else, are vulnerable beings and they are subjective and emotive, and have personal ethics based on religious beliefs and philosophies. We identify with each other and are faced with our own death and the questions: when will it occur and how?

We know very well that there is no age for dying and that death can knock on our door at any moment and under the most unexpected circumstances.

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.

Europe group getting needed upgrade
Aug 20, 1970

Right to Die Europe is an integral part of the World Federation. Its aim has been to facilitate an exchange of information on matters of particular relevance to member societies in Europe. In the past, this has been achieved by holding an annual meeting of delegates from member societies and by ad-hoc exchanges of information.

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