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World Federation grows, some law successes
Aug 20, 1970

President's Report by Michael Irwin, MD, President of the World Federation of Right To Die Societies.

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."

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.

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.
Euthanasia doctor poised to support woman on attempted murder charge
Aug 20, 1970

Exit Australia head Dr Philip Nitschke is supporting euthanasia advocate Lesley Martin at her next court appearance on an attempted murder charge.

Medical Opinion of Voluntary Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

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

Film on Ramon Sampedro' s life to be shown in Venice mostra next September
Aug 20, 1970

The film "Mar Adentro" ("Out to the Sea") based on Ramon Sampedro´s life and fight to die-with-dignity has been chosen to be shown in The International Film Festival in Venice (La Mostra).

Bylaws of the World Federation
Aug 20, 1970

The Bylaws of the World Federation, as adapted after Tokyo can be downloaded by clicking here.

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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