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Euthanasia woman's arrest a shock - campaigner
Aug 20, 1970

If the Death with Dignity Bill before Parliament makes voluntary euthanasia legal, Wanganui woman Lesley Martin should take most of the credit, Philip Nitschke says.

Supreme Court rules against marijuana use for patients
Aug 20, 1970

The Supreme Court handed medical marijuana users a major defeat today, ruling that a federal law classifying the drug as illegal has no exception for ill patients.

Evelyn Martens case proceeds to trial
Aug 20, 1970

Evelyn Martens of the Right-to-Die Network of Canada was arrested and charged with aiding an counselling the suicides of two terminally ill individuals. The trial is expected to begin in September 2004.

Loving man helped wife die, court told
Aug 20, 1970

April 23 2003, Alexander Gamble Maxwell, 55, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting his wife's suicide.

UN RIGHTS COMMISSION CONCERNED ABOUT DUTCH EUTHANASIA LAW
Aug 20, 1970

The UN Human Rights Committee expressed fears Friday that new Dutch legislation allowing euthanasia might lead to general insensitivity over so-called mercy killings.

British Medical Association -- Physician Assisted Suicide Conference Project
Aug 20, 1970

The web site of the BMA's Physician Assisted Suicide Conference Project was intended to help to set the agenda for a consensus conference. Among other materials, the siteincludes definitions of terminology, and text of some BMA publications and papers on these and other end of life issues.

Changes in the board of the World Federation of Right to Die societies
Aug 20, 1970

The WFRtDS has a new president, Jacob Kohnstamm and a new vice-president, Jacqueline Herremans. Annelies Plaisant was re-elected as treasurer and Faye Girsh is now newsletter editor.

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).

Edito Sobel
Aug 20, 1970

In issue no. 24 of the Swiss doctors’ bulletin for the month of June, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences presented its first publication on the subject of "Treatment and care of the elderly and dependent" to be consulted by the medical profession. We found several of the points raised in this eleven page document particularly worthy of note.

Chapter 2, regarding the "decision-making process", acknowledges the initial directives and recommends appointing a trusted person as a therapeutic representative.

Australia: Rights of the Terminally Ill Act and associated materials from the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory
Aug 20, 1970

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