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COMATOSE WOMAN BACK ON LIFE SUPPORT AS COURT BATTLE RESUMES
Aug 20, 1970

Life-support feeding for a woman who has been comatose for 11 years resumed two days after her husband had it cut off to let her die.

Doctor helps advocate of right to die commit suicide
Aug 20, 1970

A woman with terminal cancer who campaigned for Oregon's euthanasia law has committed doctor-assisted suicide by drinking a glass of cranberry juice loaded with barbiturates.

French Doctor may be charged in Humbert case
Aug 20, 1970

The head doctor of the intensive care ward where a French paraplegic, Vincent Humbert, died six weeks ago may be charged with premeditated murder for injecting Mr. Humbert with a lethal substance.

The death of Mr. Humbert, 22, which was initially ascribed to his mother, Marie, came after an unsuccessful nine-month campaign by his supporters to make euthanasia legal, an effort that set off a national debate over the issue of assisted suicide.

Proud to watch as Nancy Crick died
Aug 20, 1970

A DECISION on whether charges will be laid against the 21 people who witnessed Gold Coast grandmother Nancy Crick commit suicide last year could be known within a month, Queensland's Director of Public Prosecutions, Leanne Clare, said yesterday.

MAJORITY OF SWEDES WANT EUTHANASIA TO BE AVAILABLE
Aug 20, 1970

A majority of Swedes think that those who want euthanasia should be allowed to have it, according to a recent poll.

Council of Europe debate postponed
Aug 20, 1970

The debate by the Council of Europe on the Marty report has been postponed til april 2004.

Oregon Death with Dignity
Aug 20, 1970

On Wednesday, May 7, 2003, oral arguments in Oregon v. Ashcroft begin before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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.

BBC: An 'In Depth' feature on euthanasia on the BBC's home page
Aug 20, 1970
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.

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