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6-0 COURT TIGHTENS RIGHT-TO-DIE STANDARD: Patient has to leave clear direction on ending care
Aug 20, 1970

A unanimous state Supreme Court made it difficult today for Wendland family members to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment for a patient who is brain-damaged but still conscious.

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.

Death, Dying, and Advance Directives in Japan : Socio-Cultural and Legal Point of View
Aug 20, 1970
4 Oregon Patients Seeking Suicide Sue U.S.
Aug 20, 1970

Four patients joined in a legal motion brought today in Federal District Court here by Attorney General Hardy Myers of Oregon to impose a stay on the federal directive. A ruling on the state's request is not expected until Thursday at the earliest.

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.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- International Home Page
Aug 20, 1970

A contents search engine page with links to the ministry's - Euthanasia Q&A - 1996 study on euthanasia and related issues in the Netherlands - Netherlands policy on medical practice relating to the termination of life - Questionnaire for physicians who report termination of life - Government response to 1996 study.

Right-to-die case fast-tracked: Diane Pretty wants the right to die
Aug 20, 1970

BBC. London. Wednesday, 23 January, 2002

The European Court of Human Rights is to fast-track the case of terminally ill woman Diane Pretty, who is seeking legal permission to be allowed to end her life. The Strasbourg court announced on Wednesday that the case was to be given priority. It could now be heard within months.

Mrs Pretty, 43, who has motor neurone disease, wants an assurance that her husband Brain will not be prosecuted if he helps her to take her own life.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has refused to give such a guarantee.

Council of Europe debate postponed
Aug 20, 1970

The debate by the Council of Europe on the Marty report has been postponed til april 2004.

New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post all call for opposition to the
Aug 20, 1970

In an editorial 19 September, 2000 the New York Times called for President Clinton's veto should the Senate pass the so-called "Pain Relief Promotion Act."

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.

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