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First conviction of a non-doctor
Aug 20, 1970

On April 10, 2003, the Groningen courts made the first conviction of a Dutch citizen who is not a practising doctor for assisting a suicide. Mr Willem Muns who works for Stichting De Einder Noord (a society that offers support and information to persons considering voluntary euthanasia) was given a six-months suspended sentence and two years probation (He had spent 50 days in jail before the court-case).

State Law Influences State End of Life Care
Aug 20, 1970

THE OREGONIAN (Sunday, February 18, 2001)
By Erin Hoover Barnett of The Oregonian staff


FEW USE IT, BUT SUICIDE LAW STILL HAS IMPACT

Oregon's Death With Dignity Act influences end-of-life care
across the state as doctors wrestle with prescribing
pain treatment


Sixteen people died by physician-assisted suicide in 1998 and another 27 in 1999. And when the Oregon Health Division releases its third annual report on the practice Wednesday, little if any growth is expected in the number of cases, say experts outside the health division.

6-0 COURT TIGHTENS RIGHT-TO-DIE STANDARD: Patient has to leave clear direction on ending care
Aug 20, 1970

A unanimous state Supreme Court made it difficult today for Wendland family members to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment for a patient who is brain-damaged but still conscious.

Effects of euthanasia on the bereaved family and friends: a cross sectional study
Aug 20, 1970

This study was published in Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) which explored the question, “What is a good death?”

Death, Dying, and Advance Directives in Japan : Socio-Cultural and Legal Point of View
Aug 20, 1970
4 Oregon Patients Seeking Suicide Sue U.S.
Aug 20, 1970

Four patients joined in a legal motion brought today in Federal District Court here by Attorney General Hardy Myers of Oregon to impose a stay on the federal directive. A ruling on the state's request is not expected until Thursday at the earliest.

Ashcroft's Meddling
Aug 20, 1970

US Attorney General John Ashcroft has no business trying to overturn the voters' will by sending federal drug agents after Oregon doctors who prescribe drugs to assist suicides.

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.

United States: DWDNC Legislative Watch
Aug 20, 1970

The Death with Dignity National Center tracks end-of-life choice legislation in the U.S., on the state and federal level, and internationally.

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.

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