August 29, 1991 |
The right of terminally ill patients to refuse emergency life-saving treatment in a non-hospital setting is being affirmed this summer in state laws and regulations from California to New York. Montana, which passed the first such law in April, will begin in September issuing bracelets ordering ambulance crews not to resuscitate anybody wearing one. New York enacted a similar law on July 4 and hopes to issue bracelets by the fall.
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July 19, 2001 |
The wife of a man whose life became the subject of a closely watched right-to-die case asked the California Supreme Court on Wednesday to issue a ruling despite her husband's death this week. "I would hope that families wouldn't have to go through what we went through," Rose Wendland, Robert Wendland's legal conservator, said at a news conference in Stockton.
July 27, 2004 |
A brain-damaged woman kept alive for years over the objection of her husband has been "stripped of her most intimate personal rights," his lawyer said in papers filed Monday with the state Supreme Court. Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, has sued Gov. Jeb Bush over "Terri's Law," a measure Bush pushed through the Legislature in October after Schiavo removed the feeding tube keeping his wife alive.
December 27, 1990 |
Nancy Cruzan, a 33-year-old automobile crash victim who remained comatose for nearly eight years as a landmark right-to-die case involving her went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, died Wednesday in southwestern Missouri. Cruzan died at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon with her family at her bedside and about 20 "right-to-life" protesters huddled in sub-zero temperatures outside.
September 13, 1992 |
Propped up in her hospital bed, Elizabeth Bouvia is agonizing over the suicide last month of her longtime friend and attorney, Richard Scott. "Jesus, I wish he could have come in and taken me with him. But he wasn't thinking of me. . . ." For almost a decade, Scott led the high-profile fight to give Bouvia, paralyzed since birth by cerebral palsy, the right to starve to death. The issue, he once said, was simple: "Whose life is it, anyway?" In early August, Scott, 54, answered his own question.
June 22, 2008 |
A looming battle in Washington state over efforts to create a right-to-die law for the terminally ill is a personal one for two men leading it, both of whom are ill. Fighting for the measure is a former governor who wants the freedom to exercise such a right; fighting against it is a former press secretary who can't imagine anyone wanting to. Proponents are wrapping up a petition drive to put Initiative 1000, the proposed Washington Death With Dignity Act, on the November ballot.
March 24, 2006 |
"What do you do for exercise?" asks Booth Gardner, and it's not long before the 69-year-old former governor of Washington is sharing tales of marathons run and mountains climbed. But soon this lanky, bearded man with a trademark gruff style turns to his latest and perhaps last campaign, one that has abruptly put him back in the public eye and to which he brings a perspective full of both psychic and physical pain. Gardner is campaigning for the right to die.
April 8, 1994 |
The physician-assisted suicide of Canada's leading advocate of the "right to die" has triggered a new national debate on euthanasia and dramatically improved chances for legislation that would protect doctors who aid in the consensual death of a patient.
July 25, 1993 |
For the past five years, defense attorney Michael K. Brady has been trying to keep accused murderers from going to the gas chamber. But now he has a new role: making sure his client is executed 30 days from today. The pugnacious Sacramento lawyer is representing convicted killer David Edwin Mason, who has decided to drop his remaining legal appeals and allow his death sentence to be carried out.
March 18, 1997 |
The proverbial slippery slope, so often invoked as abstract concept in right-to-die bioethics debates, has loomed large and quite tangible on the Oregon horizon these past months. What follows once you allow physician-assisted suicide?