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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.

Parliamentary Commission set up as Doctor claims responsibility for Vincent Humbert’s death
Aug 20, 1970

On 26th September Vincent Humbert died after his mother Marie Humbert injected a lethal dose of barbiturates into his intravenous drip. Four days later, his doctor claimed responsibility for his death. The publicity that has ensued from the case of Vincent Humbert has revitalised national debate on the subject of mercy-killing and prompted the French National Assembly to set up a Commission to investigate issues relating to the ‘end of life’.

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."

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.
The "good death", an ideal within our grasp
Aug 20, 1970

Death represents the only certitude we have in life. Our hour will inevitably come and each person must ask himself how he wishes to die. Doctors, like everyone else, are vulnerable beings and they are subjective and emotive, and have personal ethics based on religious beliefs and philosophies. We identify with each other and are faced with our own death and the questions: when will it occur and how?

We know very well that there is no age for dying and that death can knock on our door at any moment and under the most unexpected circumstances.

Medical Opinion of Voluntary Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

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

A plea for the hopelessly ill
Aug 20, 1970

Most proposals for law reform to allow voluntary euthanasia focus on the dying. This is perhaps due to a perception that it will be easier to succeed with law reform if it is limited to the terminally ill.

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)

Attitudes of Oregon Psychologists Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.
Aug 20, 1970

Fenn and Ganzini, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, June 1999.

"A Story of Terminal Sedation"
Aug 20, 1970

The following article from THE AGE (Melbourne) March 7, 2001 was forwarded by the DELIVERANCE NEWS SERVICE.



THE HARD WAY OUT

Chloe Saltau with Theresa Ambrose

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