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VESS History Page
Aug 20, 1970

Is euthanasia a contemporary issue, apparently not. This web page sponsored by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society offers evidence of the issue dating back into the 1930's.

Brussels conference also a celebration
Aug 20, 1970

Before going to Brussels, my Berlitz guidebook told me that the people of this city "resolved long ago to have a good time, come what may, and their stoic enjoyment of life is very contagious ". And, with over a hundred different Belgian beers available, it was certainly a great place and occasion, last September, to celebrate the fact that Belgium had legalized (by a final vote of 86 to 51) physician-assisted dying in May 2002.

Poll: Those who help terminally ill loved ones die shouldn't be prosecuted
Aug 20, 1970

While Jack Kevorkian, Sue Rodriguez and Robert Latimer are the names most often cited in the debate over euthanasia and mercy killing, a new poll suggested they were far from alone in their beliefs on the subject.

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.

French Doctor may be charged in Humbert case
Aug 20, 1970

The head doctor of the intensive care ward where a French paraplegic, Vincent Humbert, died six weeks ago may be charged with premeditated murder for injecting Mr. Humbert with a lethal substance.

The death of Mr. Humbert, 22, which was initially ascribed to his mother, Marie, came after an unsuccessful nine-month campaign by his supporters to make euthanasia legal, an effort that set off a national debate over the issue of assisted suicide.

RIGHT-TO-DIE CASE GETS MIXED VERDICT
Aug 20, 1970

A woman whose husband and parents are battling over whether to let her die will be kept alive pending another hearing, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.

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

Newsletter of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Aug 20, 1970

April 2004 issue of the newsletter of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies (no 45).

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.

Euthanasia case gagging order 'may breach Bill of Rights'
Aug 20, 1970

Legal experts and civil libertarians have condemned the gagging order on pro-euthanasia campaigner Lesley Martin as a possible breach of the Bill of Rights.

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