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Separating Death From Agony
Aug 20, 1970

Not long ago, a cancer specialist I know faced a situation that chilled those of us who care for people with terminal illness.

Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Committees: Select Committee on Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

Report, speeches, etc.

Friends at the End additional, temporary Web-Site
Aug 20, 1970

For technical reasons, it has been necessary to create an additional, temporary Web-Site to provide certain information.

Are Living Wills Followed?
Aug 20, 1970

Are Living Wills Followed?

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.

French Health Minister, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, Admits Mercy Killings
Aug 20, 1970

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP - Tuesday, 24 July, 2001

French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner's remarks are expected to spark a debate. The French Health Minister, Bernard Kouchner, has admitted he practised euthanasia when he worked as a doctor.

In an interview with the Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland, Mr Kouchner said he practised mercy killings during the wars in Lebanon and Vietnam, injecting people who he said were suffering too much.

When people were suffering too much pain and I knew in advance they would die, I would help them.

Declaration of the Luxemburg meeting of the RtD-E (October 24-25, 2003)
Aug 20, 1970

The biennal meeting of the European Right to Die societies has been concluded by issueing a declaration.

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:

Judge orders Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed
Aug 20, 1970

After a month of consideration, a judge has once again given his approval to remove the feeding tube from a comatose Pinellas County woman. The decision by Circuit Judge George Greer may clear the way for Terri Schiavo to die.

'Death with dignity' bill gets broad panel approval
Aug 20, 1970

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday approved a bill enabling anyone over the age of 18 to sign a statement instructing physicians not to extend their lives by artificial means if they stand no chance of recovery.

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.

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