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Assisted Death Law Endorsed by Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
Aug 20, 1970

In a major coup for proponents of the Maine Death with Dignity Act, the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine on Friday voiced her support for the proposed law.

Advance directives provide comfort, not necessarily goal
Aug 20, 1970

Research says instructional directives may have psychological benefits, but a new study also found they don't improve the accuracy of surrogate decision-making.AMERICAN MEDICAL NEWS, Professional I

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:

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.

Court cases draw attention to cause
Aug 20, 1970

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

Loving man helped wife die, court told
Aug 20, 1970

April 23 2003, Alexander Gamble Maxwell, 55, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting his wife's suicide.

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.

Isle of Man votes in favour of assisted dying bill (13th May 2003)
Aug 20, 1970

On the 13th May the Isle of Man's House of Keys (parliament) voted in favour of introducing a Bill to allow terminally ill adults the right to choose medical help to die.

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