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Draft report on the situation as regards fundamental rights in the European Union (2002)
Aug 20, 1970

On the 3rd September the European Parliament voted to omit from an annual report on fundamental rights an article which raised the issue of assisted dying in Europe. The report on fundamental rights in the European Union in 2002 was prepared on the ‘own-initiative’ of the Committee on Citizen’s Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. Whilst the report is mostly concerned with other human rights issues and abuses, its draft form had contained one article which:

French Health Minister admits to mercy killings
Aug 20, 1970

France's health minister Bernard Kouchner has said he performed mercy killings in Vietnam and Lebanon during a controversial career as a doctor and aid worker, but said ending someone's life was a "delicate matter".

Most terminally ill cancer patients favor right to die
Aug 20, 1970

A study reported in the September 11th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and carried by Reuters Health News service reports that "Most terminally ill cancer patients favor right to die."

Judge Says Schiavo's Feeding Tube Can Be Removed
Aug 20, 1970

The husband of a woman who's been in a coma-like state for 12 years can have her feeding tube removed and be allowed to die, a judge ruled Friday.

COMATOSE SURGEON WOULD PREFER DEATH, PHYSICIAN TESTIFIES
Aug 20, 1970

Sweeny surgeon Joseph Ndiyob, comatose for about two months, would prefer to die than continue to be kept alive on life support, his attending physician testified Tuesday.

Dutch ‘Drion Pill’ becomes ‘Lastwillpill’
Aug 20, 1970

The annual meeting of the Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Foundation (NVVE) on March 29, 2003, voted on several important changes to its constitution, a new name, and a fresh name for the Drion Pill. These changes were felt necessary because legalization and social acceptance have been achieved.

Main points in this change were:

Euthanasia gag order lifted
Aug 20, 1970

Lesley Martin can resume her campaign to legalise euthanasia after a gagging order was lifted in the Wanganui District Court yesterday.

PHYSICIANS: LEAVE ASSISTED SUICIDE TO DOCTORS, PATIENTS
Aug 20, 1970

While AMA delegates and rank-and-file physicians differ on whether assisted suicide should be legal, a sizable group would like government to stay out of it.

State Law Influences State End of Life Care
Aug 20, 1970

THE OREGONIAN (Sunday, February 18, 2001)
By Erin Hoover Barnett of The Oregonian staff


FEW USE IT, BUT SUICIDE LAW STILL HAS IMPACT

Oregon's Death With Dignity Act influences end-of-life care
across the state as doctors wrestle with prescribing
pain treatment


Sixteen people died by physician-assisted suicide in 1998 and another 27 in 1999. And when the Oregon Health Division releases its third annual report on the practice Wednesday, little if any growth is expected in the number of cases, say experts outside the health division.

Court cases draw attention to cause
Aug 20, 1970

President’s Report By Michael Irwin: finance, new activities and ageing populations.

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