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Bid to legalise assisted suicide
Aug 20, 1970

Lord Joel Joffe - a retired human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela - wants the right to assisted suicide enshrined on the statute book.

Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids
Aug 20, 1970

This paper presents terminal sedation and voluntary refusal of hydration and nutrition as potential last resorts.

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.

89-year-old man will be charged with murdering wife
Aug 20, 1970

An 89-year-old man will be charged with murder after telling police he smothered his 85-year-old wife in her nursing home bed last week to end her pain, authorities said Monday.

Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Save State's Death with Dignity Act
Aug 20, 1970

Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Save State's Death with Dignity Act



Gannett News Service (June 14, 2001)

MIKE MADDEN WASHINGTON -- Oregon members of Congress launched a pre-emptive strike Wednesday against efforts to undo the state's unique assisted suicide law, introducing legislation to encourage aggressive treatment of pain without interfering with the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.

Medical Opinion in the UK
Aug 20, 1970

Adapted from VES --The Voluntary Euthanasia Society of England and Wales

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.

Conferences
Aug 20, 1970

The World Federation of Right To Die Societies meets every two years to exchange news and views, to elect Directors and Officers of the Federation, and to conduct other business.

Congress 2012

The next meeting will take place nin May 2012 in Zürich, Switzerland and will be hosted by EXIT Deutsche Schweiz

Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate
Aug 20, 1970

From the Choice in Dying Website, a booklet available that helps to explain the basis behind some of the laws regarding physician-assisted suicide.

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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