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A Hemlock by any other name...
Aug 20, 1970

The Hemlock Society USA intends to change its name to one more acceptable to legislators. But it cannot make up its mind to what. When Hemlock’s founders adopted the name in l980 it was meant as an allusion to the poison weed used by ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for suicide. In literature, particularly Shakespeare, the ‘taking of hemlock’ referred to rational suicide. American legislators apparently see odious connotations to Socrates taking hemlock because the Roman Senate condemned to him to death or exile for treasonous teachings.

Advocate dedicates her life to a dignified death
Aug 20, 1970

Lesley Martin will be married in the school hall at Wanganui Girls College a week today. Three days before the nuptials, Ms Martin, who has been charged with attempting to kill her ill mother, Joy, will appear in the Wanganui District Court for a hearing.

Ashcroft memorandum
Aug 20, 1970

Text of Ashcroft memorandum prohibiting use of federally controlled substances for assisted suicide.

Vacco, Attorney General of New York v. Quill, 117 S.Ct. 2293, 138 L.Ed.2d (1997)
Aug 20, 1970
United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) rejects Ramon Sampedro's heir demand
Aug 20, 1970

The UNHCR ruled the claim of Ramon Samedro's heir against the Spanish government to be inadmissable.

Declarations on Assisted Dying
Aug 20, 1970

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

Right to die case taken to European court
Aug 20, 1970

A terminally-ill woman took her fight for the right to "die with dignity" to the European court of human rights today.

ATTITUDES AND DESIRES RELATED TO EUTHANASIA AND PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE AMONG TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
Aug 20, 1970

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Nov. 16, 2000, Vol;284:2460-2468

This article received considerable attention in the press when it was released.

Author Information Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD; Diane L. Fairclough, DPH; Linda L. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Context Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are highly controversial issues. While there are studies of seriously ill patients' interest in euthanasia and PAS, there are no data on the attitudes and desires of terminally ill patients regarding these issues.

Third ‘Remmelink’ Report
Aug 20, 1970

On the 23rd May 2003, Professors Van der Wal and Van der Maas presented their long awaited third report on euthanasia in the Netherlands (also known as the Remmelink report).

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.

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