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New right-to-die organization announced
Aug 20, 1970

A new right-to-die organization for the US, named Final Exit Network, was announced September 16th, 2004.A new right-to-die organization dedicated to serving people who are suffering intolerably fr

Wyden to Bush: Keep hands off Oregon law on assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on President Bush on Tuesday to quash any administration efforts to block Oregon's doctor- assisted suicide law by rewriting federal drug enforcement policy.

Statistics of Euthanasia Supporters
Aug 20, 1970

From the VESS Euthanasia.org site from Scotland. The page lists polls that suggest widespread support of euthanasia issues.

Swiss Senate decides to put forward proposal for new euthanasia law
Aug 20, 1970

Following the publication in June of a report by the University of Zurich, the Swiss Senate has decided to put forward a new proposal for a law on euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The University of Zurich’s new report, which forms part of the European Commission-sponsored study of end-of-life decision making in six European countries (see above), examined 3,350 deaths in German-speaking Switzerland and found that half were preceded by an end-of-life decision. Compared with its European neighbours, Switzerland was also found to have the highest number of cases of assisted suicide.

Top California court rules in 'right to die' case
Aug 20, 1970

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 09 (Reuters) - Ruling in a closely watched "right to die" case, California's top court said on Thursday that family members have no right to stop life support for conscious patients who are not terminally ill.

The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision came several weeks after the death of the man at the center of the case, 49-year-old Robert Wendland, who died of natural causes on July 17 while still attached to life support.

Final Exit
Aug 20, 1970

Current listing of laws concerning euthanasia

"What is a good death?" (British Medical Journal)
Aug 20, 1970

Volume 327, Number 7408 of the British Medical Journal (26 July 2003) provided a series of articles exploring the question, “What is a good death?” One article examines the effects of euthanasia on

Husband seeks to remove life support before appeal
Aug 20, 1970

Michael Schiavo tells a judge he does not want to wait any longer before letting Terri Schiavo die, a move her parents vehemently oppose.

ABSENCE OF URGENCY: A DEADLY PROBLEM WHEN STROKES OCCUR
Aug 20, 1970

NEW YORK TIMES Health Section

By Laurie Tarkin, Jenny Warburg for The New York Times

Of the estimated 730,000 Americans who have strokes each year, nearly 160,000 die and another 400,000 suffer varying degrees of disability. Yet, when stroke patients arrive at emergency rooms, medical experts say, they are not usually treated with the urgency required.

The less-than-rapid response, in some cases, can make the difference between full recovery and permanent debilitating disease or death.

Widow of euthanasia campaigner arrested
Aug 20, 1970

The widow of a euthanasia campaigner was arrested on November 17, 2003, in connection with his death a month ago. Mrs. Patricia Kneen was arrested at her home in Port Erin, Isle of Man. She was questioned at a police station and later released on bail.

Patrick Kneen, 74, a farmer, died from prostate cancer. He spent the last months of his life trying to persuade politicians on the island to change the law on euthanasia.

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