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Why nobody else wants euthanasia.
Aug 21, 1970

Euthanasia became legal in the Netherlands five years ago, but why is the rest of the world unwilling to follow the Dutch example?

Besides the Netherlands, the only country where a doctor is allowed to take the life of a patient - and only ever at the patient's request - is Belgium.

Physician-assisted suicide is allowed in Switzerland and in the state of Oregon in the US. There doctors do not perform euthanasia, but they can provide patients with the means to take their own life.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Aug 21, 1970

Consumer-focused website, with (among others) Advance Directives for all states of the US.

“Assisted Dying for the Terminally-ill” Bill considered by House of Lords Select Committee
Aug 21, 1970

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

Dare not say its name
Aug 21, 1970

Published 09 January 2006 in 'The Australian'

Killing me softly—a new approach from down under
Aug 21, 1970

Phililp Nitschke and Dr. Fiona Stewart just released their new book, Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful Pill amid media and public attention in Australia. It is the explanation for Dr. Nitschke’s pursuit of methods people can use themselves though it is not a how-to book.

News from non-member countries
Aug 21, 1970


Sergio Zorrilla, a philosopher specializing in bioethics on the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Santiago, said about persistent vegetative states, that of 20,000 people who have been in this state, maybe two will wake up, and they do not return to normal at all."It makes no sense to prolong the suffering and the act of dying," he argued, "because it not only hurts the person who is dying, but all of the patient's loved ones as well. It makes no sense to prolong the agony when medicine can cure and heal other patients.

Thwaites Sponsors Dying With Dignity Petition
Aug 21, 1970

A petition with over eight thousand signatures was presented to the Parliament by the Deputy Premier on Tuesday 17th July.

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”.

2004 Tokyo Declaration
Aug 21, 1970

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

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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