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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.

Living Wills to be assessed
Aug 20, 1970

The 15th international conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3, in the Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo.

Right-to-die activism and government crackdowns
Aug 20, 1970

At the same time that right to die organizations worldwide are working to secure laws for assisted dying, numerous individuals still use "extralegal" means to end their lives.

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

Euthanasia laws cannot be shared
Aug 20, 1970

At the 15th biennial conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies in Tokyo during the first week of October, an Italian delegate, Emilio Coveri, made an impassioned plea for those nations which have lawful assisted suicide to allow Italian people to travel there for assisted in death.

"Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands should accept cases from other countries," said Coveri of EXIT-Italia, Turin. "It would put pressure on the Italian government to change the laws on this."

American Medical Association: Principles of Medical Ethics
Aug 20, 1970

American Medical Association: Principles of Medical Ethics

The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility not only to patients, but also to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct that define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.

Principles of Medical Ethics

Husband seeks to remove life support before appeal
Aug 20, 1970

Michael Schiavo tells a judge he does not want to wait any longer before letting Terri Schiavo die, a move her parents vehemently oppose.

ABSENCE OF URGENCY: A DEADLY PROBLEM WHEN STROKES OCCUR
Aug 20, 1970

NEW YORK TIMES Health Section

By Laurie Tarkin, Jenny Warburg for The New York Times

Of the estimated 730,000 Americans who have strokes each year, nearly 160,000 die and another 400,000 suffer varying degrees of disability. Yet, when stroke patients arrive at emergency rooms, medical experts say, they are not usually treated with the urgency required.

The less-than-rapid response, in some cases, can make the difference between full recovery and permanent debilitating disease or death.

The Report on Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

a) Summary

On the 5th September, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs voted by a narrow margin to adopt the Report on Euthanasia prepared by Dick Marty.

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