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Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- International Home Page
Aug 20, 1970

A contents search engine page with links to the ministry's - Euthanasia Q&A - 1996 study on euthanasia and related issues in the Netherlands - Netherlands policy on medical practice relating to the termination of life - Questionnaire for physicians who report termination of life - Government response to 1996 study.

Right-to-die case fast-tracked: Diane Pretty wants the right to die
Aug 20, 1970

BBC. London. Wednesday, 23 January, 2002

The European Court of Human Rights is to fast-track the case of terminally ill woman Diane Pretty, who is seeking legal permission to be allowed to end her life. The Strasbourg court announced on Wednesday that the case was to be given priority. It could now be heard within months.

Mrs Pretty, 43, who has motor neurone disease, wants an assurance that her husband Brain will not be prosecuted if he helps her to take her own life.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has refused to give such a guarantee.

Council of Europe debate postponed
Aug 20, 1970

The debate by the Council of Europe on the Marty report has been postponed til april 2004.

New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post all call for opposition to the
Aug 20, 1970

In an editorial 19 September, 2000 the New York Times called for President Clinton's veto should the Senate pass the so-called "Pain Relief Promotion Act."

Netherlands: Euthanasia reports decline by 15 percent over 4 years
Aug 20, 1970

The number of reported incidents of euthanasia has dropped by 15 percent during the past four years, but it is suspected the actual "mercy killing" figure is double the amount of recorded cases.

Timeline of the Terri Schiavo Case
Aug 20, 1970

Adapted from the Associated Press, Dec 25, 2002

The following is the timeline in the case of Terri Schiavo, who first collapsed and fell into a coma in 1990. The conflict between Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, began in 1993, and continues to this day. The court bhattle began in 1998, when Michael Schiavo petitioned the court to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

  • Feb. 25, 1990: Terri Schiavo collapses in her home. Doctors believe a potassium imbalance caused her heart to stop, temporarily cutting off oxygen to her brain.
Friends at the End additional, temporary Web-Site
Aug 20, 1970

For technical reasons, it has been necessary to create an additional, temporary Web-Site to provide certain information.

Medical Opinion of Voluntary Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

There is increasing medical interest and support in the United Kingdom for legalising voluntary euthanasia.

Are Living Wills Followed?
Aug 20, 1970

Are Living Wills Followed?

Having an advance directive is no guarantee that end-of-life wishes will be honored. A 1995 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study of 4,300 critically ill patients found that only 49 percent who requested do not resuscitate (DNR) orders actually got them; 70 percent of those patients were never asked their preferences. There have been many cases in which individuals who have taken all the right steps have been deprived of seeing their loved ones' wishes carried out because of physician, family, or institutional resistance.

ENDING LIFE SUPPORT: WHO DECIDES?
Aug 20, 1970

Transcript from CNN's Talkback Live

(May 30, 2001)



ENDING LIFE SUPPORT: WHO DECIDES?
Bobbie Battista, Sanjay Gupta



Court cases under way in Florida and California could help
clarify who can end the life of people in comas or vegetative
states. The cases of Terri Schiavo and Robert Wendland
demonstrate the difficulty of the decision to pull the plug,
especially when family members disagree.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hand it to me, Robert.
(END VIDEO CLIP)

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