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PM for mercy killings
Aug 20, 1970

Prime Minister Helen Clark has come out in support of voluntary euthanasia as mercy killing comes back on to the political agenda.

Health Minister to Push for Euthanasia Law
Aug 20, 1970

France's straight-talking health minister plans to press for the legalization of euthanasia after favorable opinion polls in France and a vote last week made the Netherlands the first country to openly endorse mercy killing.

Some Chinese seek euthanasia laws
Aug 20, 1970

In the two-week-long first session of the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, just closed in Beijing, Congress delegate Huang Zhong-cheng urged implementation of a pilot scheme for practicing euthanasia in Beijing. NPC delegates have been requesting legislation concerning euthanasia since 1992.

China defines euthanasia as “To end the life of a terminal patient in an humanitarian way, for the request of the relatives of the patient or the patient who is suffering severely both mentally and physically, agreed by physician.”

Undertreating Pain Can Amount to Elder Abuse
Aug 20, 1970

In the first case to assert that failure to treat pain adequately is a form of elder abuse, an Alameda County, Calif., court ruling allows the case to proceed to trial.

National Petition for depenalisation of euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

On June 3rd, three Luxembourg newspapers brought a short appeal to the new coming-in Government to take action on depenalisation of euthanasia - signed by 100 personalities of Luxembourg society wi

EuthaNEWSia
Aug 20, 1970

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Bylaws of the World Federation
Aug 20, 1970

The Bylaws of the World Federation, as adapted after Tokyo can be downloaded by clicking here.

Federal Doctor-Assisted Suicide Policy Reversed
Aug 20, 1970

Reversing the policy of his predecessor who supported the nation's first assisted suicide law, Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Tuesday that doctors may not prescribe lethal doses of federally controlled substances to terminally ill patients.

Suicide Ideation in the Terminally Ill
Aug 20, 1970

From the Griefwork website, an article by Barbara Rubel on the findings of the Oregon Health Division on how suffering influences the request for euthanasia.

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).

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