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Oregon files lawsuit against U.S. government over assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

The state of Oregon sued the U.S. government on Wednesday over a federal directive that essentially blocks the state's assisted-suicide law.

How Does the Law Stand in Canada
Aug 20, 1970

The Canadian society, Dying With Dignity, provides an online reprint of Chapter 8 from 'A Gentle Death' by Marilynne Seguin.

Changes in the board of the World Federation of Right to Die societies
Aug 20, 1970

The WFRtDS has a new president, Jacob Kohnstamm and a new vice-president, Jacqueline Herremans. Annelies Plaisant was re-elected as treasurer and Faye Girsh is now newsletter editor.

American Medical Association Policy on Assisted Suicide
Aug 20, 1970

American Medical Association Policies: Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patients death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g., the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide).

French Health Minister admits to mercy killings
Aug 20, 1970

France's health minister Bernard Kouchner has said he performed mercy killings in Vietnam and Lebanon during a controversial career as a doctor and aid worker, but said ending someone's life was a "delicate matter".

Most terminally ill cancer patients favor right to die
Aug 20, 1970

A study reported in the September 11th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and carried by Reuters Health News service reports that "Most terminally ill cancer patients favor right to die."

“Death Tourism”
Aug 20, 1970

In the last year, Dignitas in Switzerland has attracted great media coverage, in the UK and in Europe at large, for assisting the suicides of people who are not Swiss citizens.

COMATOSE SURGEON WOULD PREFER DEATH, PHYSICIAN TESTIFIES
Aug 20, 1970

Sweeny surgeon Joseph Ndiyob, comatose for about two months, would prefer to die than continue to be kept alive on life support, his attending physician testified Tuesday.

The new board of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

Left to right, standing: Libby Drake (Australia, secretary), Jacob Kohnstamm (Netherlands), Annelies Plaisant (Florida, USA, treasurer), Dr. Michio Arakawa (Japan), Jacqueline Herremans (Belgium), Dr. Michael Irwin (UK, president), and Dr. Richard MacDonald (USA). Seated: Juana Betancor (Spain, vice- president), Derek Humphry (USA, newsletter editor), Dr. Libby Wilson (UK).

Dr. Juan Mendoza-Vega (Colombia)

Euthanasia gag order lifted
Aug 20, 1970

Lesley Martin can resume her campaign to legalise euthanasia after a gagging order was lifted in the Wanganui District Court yesterday.

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