July 14, 1991 |
My father always comforted himself with sound: nine kids and, late at night, the TV blaring. The antidote to a lonely only-childhood--to months spent in an orphanage while his parents served time in a Lithuanian prison, accused of being anti-Communist spies. A trial attorney and an athlete, his mind and his body seemed always in motion. "Nobody can withstand the withering glare of introspection, Janet," he would tell me when he came upon me writing in the journals I kept since age 15.
October 20, 1989 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops urged the Supreme Court to deny constitutional status to the "right to die." At issue is the case of a Missouri woman who has been in what doctors describe as "a persistent vegetative condition" since a 1983 car wreck. Her parents want to withhold food and water from a surgically implanted feeding tube, which doctors say would lead to her death.
January 19, 1991 |
The father of a brain-damaged woman was barred by an appeals court Friday from moving her to Minnesota, where her life-support could be detached with less legal strife. The Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled that Christine Busalacchi, 20, could not be moved from a state hospital until the panel could review the case. A hearing date was not scheduled.
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February 20, 1988 |
Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago asked Congress this week to support a sense-of-the-Congress resolution opposing the right to die. In a letter to all members of Congress, Bernardin, chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the resolution would give Congress an opportunity to take a stand against a "misguided campaign" to legalize physician-assisted euthanasia and "rational" suicide. Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.
September 26, 1996 |
An Australian man with prostate cancer has become the first person to die under the world's first law permitting voluntary euthanasia, said Dr. Philip Nitschke, who assisted the man with a lethal dose of barbiturates at the patient's home in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory region. The patient had terminal cancer and had been ill for a number of years, the doctor said.
August 8, 1987 |
A 32-year-old woman died Friday, two weeks after her family won the right to remove the feeding tube that had kept her alive for seven years. Attorney Paul W. Armstrong, who represented the family of Nancy Ellen Jobes in their battle to get the life-sustaining device removed, said the woman died at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Jobes was 4 1/2 months' pregnant when she was involved in an auto accident in 1980.
August 21, 1993 |
A right-to-die group said it has assisted in the suicide of a terminally ill cancer patient in his 70s, the organization's first such case since it was formed for that purpose. Compassion in Dying, a group based in Seattle, is the first group in the United States specifically dedicated to helping patients with terminal illnesses take their own lives.
December 30, 2004 |
An appeals court denied a request Wednesday from the parents of a severely brain-damaged woman for a new trial in the long-running right-to-die case, according to the court clerk's office. The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued the denial without a written opinion; the decision upheld a ruling by a lower court.