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THE ECONOMIST — 27 June 2015:

Doctor-assisted dying – The right to die

Doctors should be allowed to help the suffering and terminally ill to die when they choose
The Economist makes a well-argued case for assisted dying in its current issue. It is too long to publish here; suggest you access it

The next World Federation of Right to Die Societies Congress will take place from 11 – 14 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.The conference will be hosted by NVVE, the Dutch right-to-die society.

The conference title is “Euthanasia 2016 – Professional challenges.” Visit the special website for regularly updated, further information:

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Germany’s Bundestag has been presented with two draft bills aimed at expanding suicide help for patients with no hope of recovery. The right to die has been a hotly debated topic across Europe in recent years.

Germany inched ever closer to joining its neighbor Belgium in allowing active assisted suicide on Tuesday as two new draft bills were presented to the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, ahead of a debate on the subject in July.
Terminally ill people could soon be legally allowed to choose when to die thanks to landmark legislation being put before Parliament [in England].

Rob Marris, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West, today announced he will introduce a Private Member’s Bill on assisted dying after coming top in the ballot for backbench legislation.

The decision to put forward the Bill comes just weeks after a British man travelled to the Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas to take his own life after being told inoperable tumour on his spine could lead to him being paralysed – although he was not being terminally ill.

The Bill will be almost identical to the one which was discussed by the House of Lords last year, spearheaded by Labour peer Lord Falconer.

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World euthanasia conference in Amsterdam in May next year

The international euthanasia conference, Euthanasia 2016 will take place on May 11-14, 2016, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The World Federation of Right to Die Societies has requested the NVVE to organize this biennial international conference. Hosting the conference means the opportunity for the NVVE to share the knowledge and experience gained in the Netherlands since the world’s first euthanasia law came into existence in 2001.

Conference website is www.euthanasia2016.com As of September 1, 2015 you will be able to register for the conference via the website.

The previous conference was in Chicago in 2014, hosted by the Final Exit Network.

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There are still helium tanks in some stores which are pure helium.
Do not buy for self-deliverance (only balloon inflation) tanks which are marked HELIUM/AIR.
For instance, a supporter tells me that there are approximately 15 tanks of 100% helium at the below location, for those in need in the Philadelphia and suburban areas:
PARTY FAIR 169 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090

Located in the shopping center directly off of Park Avenue, next to Kay Jewelers and Orange Theory Fitness stores.

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A survey on internet drugs by Derek Humphry

We need to know what is the value of ordering drugs on the internet intended for personal self-deliverance from a present or future terminal or hopeless illness. Reports are coming to me of scams but there must also be success stories. We need a balanced assessment of the worth.

If you have tried this method of obtaining lethal medications (most likely Nembutal or Seconal or Veterinary Nembutal) please let me know, in confidence, what was the result. Answers to me at ergo@finalexit.org

Please tell me things like (a) where you came across the source; (b) how much money did you send, and how? (c) were the ordered drugs delivered? (d) how long did it take? (e) were the drugs of correct quality/toxicity? (f) was a manufacturers name on the box? (g) or were you cheated, by how much and by whom? (h) did complaints about non-delivery succeed? (i) would you order again on the internet?

When I have sufficient answers, I will publish an assessment of this market, which should be helpful to all sincerely interested in the right to choose to die at life’s end.

Thank you. Derek Humphry, founder of the original Hemlock Society, author of ‘Final Exit’. Email ergo@finalexit.org

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Re: Helium tanks which are not diluted

There are still some 100 percent tanks in some stores. Go out right now and get the old 100% tanks for your own future use, and extras to pass on to others. Tanks coming now into stores are 20 percent diluted.

Do not buy the ones marked HELIUM/AIR because they might not work in self-deliverance from a terminal or hopeless illness. The marking is in a corner of the box of the Worthington Party Balloon kits, and again on the disposable tank.

Walmart stores often have considerable stocks. Carefully stored, their shelf-life is several years.

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Press release from the Final Exit Network

Minnesota Case: Final Exit Network Found Guilty
Of a Crime For Showing Compassion

HASTINGS, Minnesota, May 14 — A 12-member jury found Final Exit Network, Inc. guilty of “assisting” in a “suicide” and interfering with the scene of a death so as to “mislead” the coroner.

A five-woman, seven-man jury deliberated for only about half an hour at the end of the day on Wednesday, May 13, then another hour in the morning the next day before rendering its unanimous verdict, finding the not-for-profit corporation guilty on both of the counts against it.

Judge Christian Wilton set the sentencing hearing to take place at 9 a.m. on August 24. The “assisting” in a “suicide” count, a felony, carries with it a potential fine of $30,000, while the charge of interfering “with the body or scene of death with intent to mislead the coroner or conceal evidence,” a “gross” misdemeanor, is punishable by a fine of up to $3,000.

Thus, since a corporation cannon be incarcerated, and no Final Exit Network board members or volunteers face any potential sanctions, the maximum possible punishment is a fine of $33,000.

The State’s case consisted of proof that the Network’s volunteers provided information, education, and emotional support to Doreen Dunn, Continue Reading »

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Final Exit Network trial begins Monday
Two of the four criminal charges pending against Final Exit Network, Inc. in Hastings, Minnesota were dismissed Friday morning.

Before the dismissal, the not-for-profit corporation was charged with two felonies: assisting in a “suicide,” and “aiding and abetting” to assist in a “suicide”; and two “gross” misdemeanors, interfering with the scene of a death and “aiding and abetting” to interfere in the scene of a death.

Final Exit Network this week moved for Dakota County District Court Judge Christian Wilton to dismiss the two “aiding and abetting” counts. One of Final Exit Network’s attorneys, Bill Sherry of nearby Apple Valley, argued that the “aiding and abetting” charges were an improper attempt by the state to charge Final Exit Network twice for each one of the two alleged crimes.

On Friday morning, after the judge and attorneys finished jury selection Thursday afternoon, the attorneys appeared before the judge for one last brief opportunity to argue about pending issues before the trial begins. The motion to dismiss the two “aiding and abetting” charges was expected to be argued, but at the last minute, the prosecutors announced they were finally persuaded that Final Exit Network’s argument was correct: They asked the judge to dismiss the two “aiding and abetting” charges. He did so.

Final Exit Network is thus now charged with one felony, assisting in a “suicide,” and one “gross” misdemeanor, interfering in the scene of a death, in connection with the self-deliverance of Doreen Dunn, 57, of Apple Valley, on May 30, 2007.

The trial begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Dakota County Judicial Center, 1500 Highway 55, Hastings, Minnesota. The trial is expected to take three to five days.

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The world’s leading manufacturer of disposable helium cylinders, Worthington Industries, announced in May 2015 that they would be altering the hitherto pure helium contained in their party balloon cylinders with up to 20% air.

Such diluted tanks are not effective in self-deliverance from a terminal or hopeless illness. They are coming into stores now.

If you have tanks already in storage and there is no labeling on them saying HELIUM/AIR, then they are still effective.

Worthington says that they are diluting their new product because of the world shortage of helium. The new tanks will still inflate balloons.
Derek Humphry, Oregon 05.03.2015

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