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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.

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.

Dutch Ministers state that “terminal sedation” is different from euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

In August the Dutch Ministers of Health and Justice rejected a call from the attorney general, Joan de Wijkerslooth, for “terminal sedation” to be covered by the same legal controls as (voluntary) euthanasia.

Mr de Wijkerslooth, who is head of the public prosecution service, argued that because terminal sedation can have the same effect as euthanasia it should be subject to same external controls.

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.

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."

An example of assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Summary

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.
Medical Opinion of Voluntary Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

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

The Marilyn Seguin Memorial award
Aug 20, 1970

In December, 2002, a donation was received from the Marilyn Seguin Memorial Fund, a fund for the care of the seriously ill at the end of life, that had been initiated as part of Marilyn’s estate, at her death in September of 2000. Her solicitor, Martin Campbell of Toronto, Canada, informed us that $10,000 in United States funds would be received by the World Federation of Right To Die Societies.

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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