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  • Articles -- A resource for issues around assisted dying
  • Legal Sources -- Current and archival sources on legislation worldwide



Reports on the progress of the Oregon legislation from ABC News


An "In Depth" feature on euthanasia on the BBC's home page

Death Net

The most current news from around the world provided by John Hofsess

Yahoo U.S. Full Coverage

Assisted Suicide Debate --Yahoo U.S. Full Coverage


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British Medical Association -- Physician Assisted Suicide Conference Project

The web site of the BMA's Physician Assisted Suicide Conference Project was intended to help to set the agenda for a consensus conference. Among other materials, the siteincludes definitions of terminology, and text of some BMA publications and papers on these and other end of life issues.

British Medical Journal

Collection of articles on end of life issues

Euthanasia  and Assisted Suicide: All Sides of the Issue

International laws and history of assisted suicide. Includes Australia, Japan, Cambodia and Scotland.

Death, Dying, and Advance Directives in Japan : Socio-Cultural and Legal Point of View

Appendix and references Death, Dying, and Advance Directives in Japan

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: A Family Practice Perspective

An American Family Physician Special Medical Report.

Kevorkian Controversy

Written by the Detroit Free Press a chronological study of Jack Kevorkian and issues surrounding his work.

The Philosophy of Euthanasia

The Internet's Encyclopedia of Philosophy's definition of Euthanasia

Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate

From the Choice in Dying Website, a booklet available that helps to explain the basis behind some of the laws regarding physician-assisted suicide.

Practical Issues in Physician-Assisted Suicide

American College for Physicians offers facts on legal and medical consequences of physician-assisted suicide.

Statistics of Euthanasia Supporters

From the VESS Euthanasia.org site from Scotland. The page lists polls that suggest widespread support of euthanasia issues.

Suicide Ideation in the Terminally Ill

From the Griefwork website, an article by Barbara Rubel on the findings of the Oregon Health Division on how suffering influences the request for euthanasia.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Physician Assisted Suicide Cases

Historical Account of how courts have ruled in euthanasia cases.

When Death Is Sought

A report from the Task Force on Life and Law in New York. Details the legality of euthansia.

Why I Believe in Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock society, shares his beliefs in why he supports euthanasia.

Verbal Battles over Euthanasia.

From the religious tolerance.org site about moral and ethical issues related to physician-assisted suicide.

VESS History Page

Is euthanasia a contemporary issue, apparently not.  This web page sponsored by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society offers evidence of the issue dating back into the 1930's.


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Rights of the Terminally Ill Act and associated materials from the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Also see: http://www.nt.gov.au/lant/obsolete/rotti/amend.shtml

Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Committees: Select Committee on Euthanasia Report, speeches, etc.


How Does the Law Stand in Canada

The Canadian society, Dying With Dignity, provides an online reprint of Chapter 8 from 'A Gentle Death' by Marilynne Seguin.

The Netherlands

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- International Home Page

A contents search engine page with links to the ministry's

  • Euthanasia Q&A
  • 1996 study on euthanasia and related issues in the Netherlands
  • Netherlands policy on medical practice relating to the termination of life
  • Questionnaire for physicians who report termination of life
  • Government response to 1996 study.

United States

DWDNC Legislative Watch

The Death with Dignity National Center tracks end-of-life choice legislation in the U.S., on the state and federal level, and internationally.

Archive of US Supreme Court judgements is maintained at

Vacco, Attorney General of New York v. Quill, 117 S.Ct. 2293, 138 L.Ed.2d (1997)

Washington v. Glucksberg, 117 S.Ct. 2258, 138 L.Ed.2d 772 (1997)

Cruzan. v. Director, DMH 497 U.S. 261 (1990)

Final Exit

Current listing of laws concerning euthanasia


The Death with Dignity Act

Oregon's Death with Dignity Act: Three years of legalized physician-assisted suicide.


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