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Health Minister to Push for Euthanasia Law
Aug 20, 1970

France's straight-talking health minister plans to press for the legalization of euthanasia after favorable opinion polls in France and a vote last week made the Netherlands the first country to openly endorse mercy killing.

Dutch top court waffles in Sutorious case
Aug 20, 1970

Regarding the last ‘famous’ Dutch case (Brongersma/Sutorius), on December 24, 2002, the Netherlands Supreme Court confirmed the verdict by the Court of Appeal Amsterdam, that declared GP Sutorius guilty of assisting in the suicide of former senator Brongersma, but did not give him a sentence. The court ruled that “the GP acted conscientiously and carefully”, but he should not have helped, because the senator was “not ill” (the courts: there was no medical classification of his condition). Further appeal is not possible.

Gagging order holds justice up to ridicule
Aug 20, 1970

Editorial: Gagging order holds justice up to ridicule - Freedom of speech is not a right to trifle with.

Lawsuit Alleges Elder Abuse for Inadequate Pain Control
Aug 20, 1970

A California lawsuit may give you additional reason to make sure that your patients are adequately treated for pain.

Befrienders International
Aug 20, 1970

If you are feeling suicidal at this point in time, and you need someone to talk to, this site provides referral and information services.

Bill about legalizing euthanasia rejected in Madrid
Aug 20, 1970

The Spanish Parliament rejected a Bill to legalize voluntary euthanasia presented by Esquerra Nacionalista de Cartalunya and Izquieda Unida.

Declarations on Assisted Dying
Aug 20, 1970

The following Declarations were made at International Conferences of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Federal Doctor-Assisted Suicide Policy Reversed
Aug 20, 1970

Reversing the policy of his predecessor who supported the nation's first assisted suicide law, Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Tuesday that doctors may not prescribe lethal doses of federally controlled substances to terminally ill patients.

Suicide Ideation in the Terminally Ill
Aug 20, 1970

From the Griefwork website, an article by Barbara Rubel on the findings of the Oregon Health Division on how suffering influences the request for euthanasia.

NVVE psyschologist in Court
Aug 20, 1970

On 10th June 2003 NVVE’s psychologist, Martine Cornelisse, was found not guilty of assisting a suicide by the Den Bosch court.

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