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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.

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

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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 HARD WAY OUT
Aug 20, 1970

In debates about euthanasia, the drugs are never quick.

Some Chinese seek euthanasia laws
Aug 20, 1970

In the two-week-long first session of the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, just closed in Beijing, Congress delegate Huang Zhong-cheng urged implementation of a pilot scheme for practicing euthanasia in Beijing. NPC delegates have been requesting legislation concerning euthanasia since 1992.

China defines euthanasia as “To end the life of a terminal patient in an humanitarian way, for the request of the relatives of the patient or the patient who is suffering severely both mentally and physically, agreed by physician.”

California high court to ponder rights on medical decisions
Aug 20, 1970

California high court to ponder rights on medical decisions
Physician groups fear legal intrusion into determinations best made by patients and their closest family members.

American Medical News, July 31, 2000
By Vida Foubister, AMNews staff.

California Supreme Court justices unanimously decided last month to review a long-standing case that weighs incompetent patients' right to refuse medical treatment with their constitutional right to life.

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