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FLA. JUDGE: WITHDRAW LIFE SUPPORT
Aug 20, 1970

A judge has again ordered that a comatose woman's feedings be stopped, siding against her parents and in favor of the husband who believes she should be allowed to die.

Murder case complicates Dutch euthanasia bill
Aug 20, 1970

The Netherlands' controversial bill to legalise mercy killing has claimed its first victim in the very profession it was designed to protect.

First conviction of a non-doctor
Aug 20, 1970

On April 10, 2003, the Groningen courts made the first conviction of a Dutch citizen who is not a practising doctor for assisting a suicide. Mr Willem Muns who works for Stichting De Einder Noord (a society that offers support and information to persons considering voluntary euthanasia) was given a six-months suspended sentence and two years probation (He had spent 50 days in jail before the court-case).

Death Bill a possibility
Aug 20, 1970

LEGISLATION allowing voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill may be debated this year in State Parliament.

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.

Effects of euthanasia on the bereaved family and friends: a cross sectional study
Aug 20, 1970

This study was published in Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) which explored the question, “What is a good death?”

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.

World Federation grows, some law successes
Aug 20, 1970

President's Report by Michael Irwin, MD, President of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies.

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.

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