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Parliamentary Commission set up as Doctor claims responsibility for Vincent Humbert’s death
Aug 20, 1970

On 26th September Vincent Humbert died after his mother Marie Humbert injected a lethal dose of barbiturates into his intravenous drip. Four days later, his doctor claimed responsibility for his death. The publicity that has ensued from the case of Vincent Humbert has revitalised national debate on the subject of mercy-killing and prompted the French National Assembly to set up a Commission to investigate issues relating to the ‘end of life’.

Man wins right to die at home
Aug 20, 1970

BY ADAM FRESCO, The Times of London

A terminally ill man won a legal battle yesterday for the right to die at home after a health authority agreed to fund his nursing care. Lawyers for Jason Powell, who has multiple sclerosis and pneumonia and has only a few months to live, challenged Dyfed Powys Health Authority's refusal to fund home care as a breach of his human rights.

The Philosophy of Euthanasia
Aug 20, 1970

The Internet's Encyclopedia of Philosophy's definition of Euthanasia

The "good death", an ideal within our grasp
Aug 20, 1970

Death represents the only certitude we have in life. Our hour will inevitably come and each person must ask himself how he wishes to die. Doctors, like everyone else, are vulnerable beings and they are subjective and emotive, and have personal ethics based on religious beliefs and philosophies. We identify with each other and are faced with our own death and the questions: when will it occur and how?

We know very well that there is no age for dying and that death can knock on our door at any moment and under the most unexpected circumstances.

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
A plea for the hopelessly ill
Aug 20, 1970

Most proposals for law reform to allow voluntary euthanasia focus on the dying. This is perhaps due to a perception that it will be easier to succeed with law reform if it is limited to the terminally ill.

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.

CHOICES: SOUNDS OF SILENCE ON MATTERS OF HOSPICE
Aug 20, 1970

NEW YORK TIMES, Health Section (Tues, February 13, 2001)

By Eric Nagourney

Despite recent growth of the hospice field, intended to help the terminally ill die as peacefully as possible, most Americans still die in hospitals. Other studies had found that doctors often failed to tell patients' families about their options; now, a new report suggests that nurses, too, may play a role.

Drawing the Euthanasia Movement Together
Aug 20, 1970

Book review by Malcolm Hurwitt
"The Good Euthanasia Guide 2004: Where, What, and Who in Choices in Dying", by Derek Humphry.

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