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The Philosophy of Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

The Internet's Encyclopedia of Philosophy's definition of 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).

Ashcroft memorandum
Aug 20, 1970

Text of Ashcroft memorandum prohibiting use of federally controlled substances for assisted suicide.

Vacco, Attorney General of New York v. Quill, 117 S.Ct. 2293, 138 L.Ed.2d (1997)
Aug 20, 1970
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?”

Right to die case taken to European court
Aug 20, 1970

A terminally-ill woman took her fight for the right to "die with dignity" to the European court of human rights today.

ATTITUDES AND DESIRES RELATED TO EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE AMONG TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Aug 20, 1970

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Nov. 16, 2000, Vol;284:2460-2468

This article received considerable attention in the press when it was released.

Author Information Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD; Diane L. Fairclough, DPH; Linda L. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Context Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are highly controversial issues. While there are studies of seriously ill patients' interest in euthanasia and PAS, there are no data on the attitudes and desires of terminally ill patients regarding these 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.

Bid to legalise assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Lord Joel Joffe - a retired human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela - wants the right to assisted suicide enshrined on the statute book.

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