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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.

Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids
Aug 20, 1970

This paper presents terminal sedation and voluntary refusal of hydration and nutrition as potential last resorts.

Dutch top court waffles in Sutorious case
Aug 20, 1970

Regarding the last ‘famous’ Dutch case (Brongersma/Sutorius), on December 24, 2002, the Netherlands Supreme Court confirmed the verdict by the Court of Appeal Amsterdam, that declared GP Sutorius guilty of assisting in the suicide of former senator Brongersma, but did not give him a sentence. The court ruled that “the GP acted conscientiously and carefully”, but he should not have helped, because the senator was “not ill” (the courts: there was no medical classification of his condition). Further appeal is not possible.

Euthanasia doctor poised to support woman on attempted murder charge
Aug 20, 1970

Exit Australia head Dr Philip Nitschke is supporting euthanasia advocate Lesley Martin at her next court appearance on an attempted murder charge.

New twist in cases over right to die
Aug 20, 1970

Eight years after a horrific car accident, Robert Wendland spends his days in a Lodi hospital, unable to speak or walk, a shadow of his former self.

Patient Refusal of Nutrition and Hydration
Aug 20, 1970

Ira R. Byock, American Journal Hospice & Palliative Care, March/April 1995.

Film on Ramon Sampedro' s life to be shown in Venice mostra next September
Aug 20, 1970

The film "Mar Adentro" ("Out to the Sea") based on Ramon Sampedro´s life and fight to die-with-dignity has been chosen to be shown in The International Film Festival in Venice (La Mostra).

Bylaws of the World Federation
Aug 20, 1970

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

Man wins right to die at home
Aug 20, 1970

BY ADAM FRESCO, The Times of London

A terminally ill man won a legal battle yesterday for the right to die at home after a health authority agreed to fund his nursing care. Lawyers for Jason Powell, who has multiple sclerosis and pneumonia and has only a few months to live, challenged Dyfed Powys Health Authority's refusal to fund home care as a breach of his human rights.

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