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Monthly Archive for March, 2007

The Daily Herald in Utah posed this question: Should the state allow an inmate to waive his death sentence appeals because he is chronically ill and wants to end his misery, as in assisted suicide? U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell was confronted with that question when Ronnie Lee Gardner said he is suffering too much […]

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A French court has convicted a doctor over the poisoning death of a terminally ill cancer patient in a trial that has raised the issue of euthanasia in France‚Äôs presidential race, the International Herald Tribune reported. Dr Laurence Tramois was given a one-year suspended prison sentence over the August 2003 killing of pancreatic cancer patient […]

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At the 14th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 19-29, 2007 in Toronto they are presenting the World Premiere of “The Suicide Tourist”, a powerful film that examines the controversial Swiss non-profit Dignitas, the only organization providing access to legal-assisted suicide for everyone, regardless of nationality, through two intimate and compelling stories of an […]

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From the 2006 annual report of Compassion and Choices of Oregon:- 2006 Summary of deceased clients “Compassion and Choices of Oregon continued its role as the steward of Oregon’s unique aid-in-dying law. We served more than 140 clients during the year, 117 of whom died peacefully and humanely in great part because of our volunteers’ […]

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Taking assisted suicide out of the criminal code in the Netherlands has created an “avalanche” of strict legal controls on how the Dutch can end their own lives with medical help, says a leading legal expert on euthanasia in Europe. Dutch doctors who carry out assisted suicide face a deluge of official reviews and investigations […]

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The Vermont House voted down an initiative Wednesday that would have given terminally ill patients the ability to hasten their deaths with the help of a physician. After nearly four hours of sometimes emotional debate on the issue, members of the House voted 82-63 against the proposal. “In my view, (the bill) goes too far […]

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Assemblymember Patty Berg’s Compassionate Choices Act, legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to accept life-ending drugs from a physician, won the support of California’s largest physicians organization this week. The California Association of Physician Groups, which represents thousands of doctors in more than 150 organized medical organizations, is one of the largest of its […]

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Terminally-ill woman wants right to die peacefully Ningxia Hui, China “I love life. But I don’t want to go on living.” So writes 28-year-old Li Yan in her blog, which calls for the legalisation of euthanasia. Li, from Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, has been suffering from terminal cancer since she was just a […]

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Vermont (USA) Right-to-die Bill advances out of committee Friday Mar 15, 2007 The House Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 in favor of a bill that would allow patients with terminal conditions with a prognosis of less than six months to live to get a prescription to hasten their deaths. Another House committee also has recommended the […]

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Woman’s voluntary death relaunches euthanasia debate in Spain Granada, Spain – For more than two decades, Inmaculada Echevarria had wanted to die. The 51-year-old Spanish woman had suffered for 40 years from a muscular dystrophy which gradually deprived her of all autonomy. The disease forced her to give her son up for adoption after birth, […]

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