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Nitschke faces new jail threat
Aug 21, 1970

Already under investigation by Melbourne homicide detectives for his role in the suicide of a local man, euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke is now facing possible criminal charges in New Zealand.

Censorship bill fought
Aug 21, 1970

The Australian parliament is likely to pass a law banning information about suicide from being given on the internet, by phone—or publication and distribution of research—on new methods of self-deliverance. Clearly aimed at Dr. Philip Nitschke and his Exit International activities, the government will be able to tap Exit’s phones, infiltrate and screen Exit’s faxes and emails, and monitor Exit’s website and listservs.

Summary Relevant January 2007
Aug 21, 1970

Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE. This is the English summary of the issue of January 2007.

Summary Relevant June 2007
Aug 21, 1970

Summary Relevant June 2007

Relevant is the quarterly magazine of the NVVE. This is the English summary of the issue of June 2007.

Community supported dying
Aug 21, 1970

Programs to work with people who are considering hastening their own death are available to Americans. Compassion and Choices, through their Client Support Services, gives information about hastening death to terminally ill patients. The Final Exit Network provides trained Exit Guides to qualified patients with terminal and hopeless illnesses who wish to hasten their deaths, using non-medical methods such as helium inhalation. Both programs are based on the Caring Friends Program which was initiated in 1998 by the Hemlock Society.

Ethics Committee in favour of patient’s right to refuse treatment
Aug 21, 1970

On 9 June the national consultative committee on ethics (CCNE) presented an opinion on “the refusal of treatment and the autonomy of the person”. The CCNE has formulated a number of recommendations seeking to reconcile new rights for patients with the duties of doctors. It insists on the absolute need “to respect individual liberty” and states “the refusal of treatment clearly expressed by a person over the age of majority who still has control of their faculties has to be respected, even if it leads to death”.

Evelyn Martens acquitted
Aug 21, 1970

Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.

A Canadian great-grandmother, Evelyn Martens from Victoria, charged with aiding and abetting the suicides of two terminally ill women in 2002, was acquitted by a jury after a prolonged preliminary hearing in 2003 and a recent trial. Testimony, even from prosecution witnesses, made it clear that both women had carefully planned their self-deliverance and that they were clearly suffering unbearably from their illnesses.

Debate on Marty Report
Aug 21, 1970

As reported in the last newsletter, the Council of Europe in its debate on 27 April failed to adopt the Marty report on “Assistance to Patients at the end of Life”. Right to Die Europe found this very disappointing, as they had campaigned hard to support Mr Marty with his redrafted report and proposed resolution and there seemed a reasonable amount of support within the Council. However in the course of the debate so many wrecking amendments were passed, that the document would no longer have reflected Mr Marty’s intentions. In the end therefore he also voted against the report.

Terri Schiavo: Can she die in peace?
Aug 21, 1970

A lookback on the Terry Schiavo case.

Former president World Federation of Right to Die Societies died
Aug 21, 1970

Patrick Nowell-Smith, who was president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies from l984-1986 has died in England at the age of 91.


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