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February 20, 1988 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Associated Press
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.
December 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
The father of a brain-damaged patient at the hospital where Nancy Cruzan was allowed to die after a court fight has been blocked from moving his daughter to a state where her feeding tube could be removed with less legal strife. Pete Busalacchi says his daughter should be allowed to die. But Don Lamkins, director of the Missouri Rehabilitation Center, contends Christine Busalacchi has mental functions and responds to commands.
June 27, 1995 | From Associated Press
Dr. Jack Kevorkian has started a clinic and was present there Monday for the death of a Missouri woman with Lou Gehrig's disease. It was the 24th death he has attended. Erika Garcellano, 60, died at the clinic Kevorkian established "for the purpose of alleviating the suffering of patients," his attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said. Garcellano had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, a degenerative nerve disorder, for at least three years, Fieger said.
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