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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – A Gift for the Living

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – A Gift for the Living
Alternative collection title Page 871-873
Date range (approx.) 3 Jun 2001
Scope and contents An editorial published in the LA Times on June 3 2001 against the background of a debate in the California Supreme Court over the removal of medical treatment which would result in the patient's death. The editorial suggests that a refusal to confront the reality of death means end-of-life decisions are ad-hoc and negotiated in hospitals by family members, rather than by people writing living wills outlining wishes for end-of-life scenarios.
Record Type In the news
Physical description Electronic Document - 3 Pages
Language English
Language code eng
Collection created by Marshall Perron
Biographical history The Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in the world to explicitly legalise euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) entered into law on 1 July 1996. The following year the Commonwealth Parliament intervened to overturn the Act. Section 50A was added to the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to prohibit the Northern Territory from making laws in respect of euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Act was in force for 9 months, during which time four people died by medically assisted suicide through its provisions.
Provenance The NT Euthanasia Collection contains donations from a number of contributors. This item was donated by Mr Marshall Perron.
Subjects Medically Assisted Suicide
Individual Autonomy
Names (person) Robert Wendland
Karen Quinlan
Nancy Cruzan
Names (organisation) LA Times
Places California
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Conditions governing access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers should be aware that this collection may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
Related material Please see folder list for the NT Euthanasia Collection (link below)
Location Arafura Research Archive
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Description for Link Folder list for NT Euthanasia Collection [CDU Arafura Research Archive]
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