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CHOICES: SOUNDS OF SILENCE ON MATTERS OF HOSPICE
Aug 20, 1970

NEW YORK TIMES, Health Section (Tues, February 13, 2001)

By Eric Nagourney

Despite recent growth of the hospice field, intended to help the terminally ill die as peacefully as possible, most Americans still die in hospitals. Other studies had found that doctors often failed to tell patients' families about their options; now, a new report suggests that nurses, too, may play a role.

House of Lords establishes a Select Committee
Aug 20, 1970

The new parliamentary move to allow British physicians to assist terminally-ill patients to end their lives cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords, in London, on March 10th.

When Death Needs a Plan
Aug 20, 1970

The case of 92-year-old Margaret Russell illustrates just how complicated end-of-life decisions can be.

Dutch Hope Euthanasia Law Will Prompt Debate
Aug 20, 1970

Policymakers and pro-euthanasia groups in the Netherlands voiced the hope that Tuesday's landmark decision to legalize mercy-killing will encourage discussion on the controversial issue elsewhere.

Suicide reform plea to stop Britons going abroad to die
Aug 20, 1970

(From The Guardian in London, April 16, 2003)

Campaigners for euthanasia claimed yesterday that a failure to make assisted suicide legal in Britain was driving people abroad to end their lives. The case of Robert and Jennifer Stokes, a couple from Bedfordshire who were helped to die by a Swiss euthanasia group, has renewed concern about “suicide tourism”. Mrs. Stokes is believed to have attempted suicide before.

89-year-old man will be charged with murdering wife
Aug 20, 1970

An 89-year-old man will be charged with murder after telling police he smothered his 85-year-old wife in her nursing home bed last week to end her pain, authorities said Monday.

Undermedicating Called Elder Abuse: Jury Awards $1.5 Million Over Cancer Pain
Aug 20, 1970

A jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of a man who accused his doctor of not prescribing enough pain medication during a battle with lung cancer.

Public Opinion in the UK about Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

Adapted from VES --The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of England and Wales

United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) rejects Ramon Sampedro's heir demand
Aug 20, 1970

The UNHCR ruled the claim of Ramon Samedro's heir against the Spanish government to be inadmissable.

Declarations on Assisted Dying
Aug 20, 1970

The following Declarations were made at International Conferences of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

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