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MAN WANTS TO LET COMATOSE WIFE DIE
Aug 20, 1970

A man seeking to end the life of his comatose wife against the wishes of her parents asked for a court order Monday that would allow him to again cut off her food and water.

Ethical issues in diagnosis and management of patients in the permanent vegetative state
Aug 20, 1970

Derick T Wade, consultant and professor in neurological disability. Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre, Oxford OX1 4XD

Summary points

  • The diagnosis of the permanent vegetative state cannot be absolutely certain
  • There is no standard test of awareness and data on prognosis are limited
  • Patients in the permanent vegetative state raise ethical issues concerning the nature of consciousness, quality of life, the value society attributes to life, and handling of uncertainty
Seguin Award to be made for the first time in Tokyo.
Aug 20, 1970

The World Federation of Right To Die Societies biennial conference in Tokyo in the fall of 2004 will see the presentation of the first Marilyn Seguin Memorial Award. The Board of Directors, at their meeting in Luxembourg in October 2003 discussed possible recipients and have decided on a very worthy individual who will be receiving this inaugural presentation in honor of Marilyn Seguin.

Court case rekindles right-to-die debate
Aug 20, 1970

Elderly Victoria woman faces assisted suicide charges in controversial case.From: Canada.com

Judge Denies Request To Feed Patient, 92
Aug 20, 1970

A judge Monday refused to set aside a guardian's instructions for the care of 92-year-old Margaret Russell, a nursing home resident who has not been given any food or nutrients for five weeks.

Poll: Many doctors back assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Rank-and-file doctors favor physician-assisted suicide by nearly twice the rate of the elected leadership of the nation's premier medical organization, according to a survey by a Baylor College of Medicine professor.

Living Wills to be assessed
Aug 20, 1970

The 15th international conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3, in the Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo.

Euthanasia case gagging order 'may breach Bill of Rights'
Aug 20, 1970

Legal experts and civil libertarians have condemned the gagging order on pro-euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin as a possible breach of the Bill of Rights.

California Supreme Court Grapples with Pulling Plug on Accident Victim
Aug 20, 1970

The California Supreme Court has begun hearing the case of a woman who wants permission to pull her husband off life support because she says that is what he would have wanted after an auto accident left him in a near-vegetative state.

Death Net -The most current news from around the world
Aug 20, 1970

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