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Assisted Death Law Endorsed by Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
Aug 20, 1970

In a major coup for proponents of the Maine Death with Dignity Act, the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine on Friday voiced her support for the proposed law.

Advance directives provide comfort, not necessarily goal
Aug 20, 1970

Research says instructional directives may have psychological benefits, but a new study also found they don't improve the accuracy of surrogate decision-making.AMERICAN MEDICAL NEWS, Professional I

Dutch ‘Drion Pill’ becomes ‘Lastwillpill’
Aug 20, 1970

The annual meeting of the Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Foundation (NVVE) on March 29, 2003, voted on several important changes to its constitution, a new name, and a fresh name for the Drion Pill. These changes were felt necessary because legalization and social acceptance have been achieved.

Main points in this change were:

Euthanasia woman's arrest a shock - campaigner
Aug 20, 1970

If the Death with Dignity Bill before Parliament makes voluntary euthanasia legal, Wanganui woman Lesley Martin should take most of the credit, Philip Nitschke says.

DUTCH COURT DEMANDS MORE TESTIMONY IN LANDMARK EUTHANASIA CASE
Aug 20, 1970

A Dutch appeals court said Tuesday it would hear further expert evidence before ruling on the case of a doctor who helped a healthy 86-year-old commit suicide because he was "tired of living".

Isle of Man police take "No further action"
Aug 20, 1970

The Isle of Man police take "No further action" in the case against Patricia Kneen and Dr.

Netherlands: Euthanasia reports decline by 15 percent over 4 years
Aug 20, 1970

The number of reported incidents of euthanasia has dropped by 15 percent during the past four years, but it is suspected the actual "mercy killing" figure is double the amount of recorded cases.

UN RIGHTS COMMISSION CONCERNED ABOUT DUTCH EUTHANASIA LAW
Aug 20, 1970

The UN Human Rights Committee expressed fears Friday that new Dutch legislation allowing euthanasia might lead to general insensitivity over so-called mercy killings.

British Medical Association -- Physician Assisted Suicide Conference Project
Aug 20, 1970

The web site of the BMA's Physician Assisted Suicide Conference Project was intended to help to set the agenda for a consensus conference. Among other materials, the siteincludes definitions of terminology, and text of some BMA publications and papers on these and other end of life issues.

Isle of Man votes in favour of assisted dying bill (13th May 2003)
Aug 20, 1970

On the 13th May the Isle of Man's House of Keys (parliament) voted in favour of introducing a Bill to allow terminally ill adults the right to choose medical help to die.

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