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An old book with a lasting message

A publisher in Finland – Oy Scanria Ab – recently purchased the translation rights of the book ‘Jean’s Way’ by Derek Humphry.
This book, first published forty years ago in London, helped to launch the modern movement for assisted dying for the terminally ill by switching the discussion away from exclusively euthanasia to more acceptable, planned self-deliverance and physician-assisted suicide.
The planned manner in which Jean chose to bring to an end her terminal illness (breast cancer) prefigured the type of death with dignity laws later passed in six American states. It also launched the Hemlock Society USA in 1980 campaigning for the right to choose to die. (Hemlock closed in 2003.)
This memoir by Jean’s husband, Derek, who helped her to die peacefully, has never been out of print in English, and also been translated into Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish (Spain and Mexico), Hebrew (Israel), German and Turkish.
‘Jean’s Way’ can also be read on KINDLE.
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SCAMS GALORE

The July newsletter of Exit International prints a list of 43 web sites which claim to sell the barbiturate Nembutal.
“They are run by scammers,” says Dr. Phillip Nitschke, Exit’s
leader.
Some scammers use trick names to give the impression that
they are Dr. Nitschke’s own sites, and in one case includes
my name as a pretense of authenticity.
Potential buyers normally lose $500-$700 USD when they take a chance on purchase over the internet.
Sorry, there is no web site that I know of which is reliable.
Some start out apparently honestly but when they realize what a gold mine they have, they become fraudulent.

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IMPROVING THE OREGON ASSISTED DYING LAW

At the first public meeting in Florence on June 10, 2018, of the new organization END-OF-LIFE OPTIONS IN OREGON, twenty people attended and there was lively discussion.
The following addition drafted by Derek Humphry to the existing Oregon Death With Dignity Act l997 was put forward and debated. It is hoped to get it passed in the Oregon State Legislature when it meets again next year, 2019.
Accepting that it is a highly controversial modification, nonprofit EOLOIO is preparing for a tough fight. The meeting was convinced that the time has come for this kind of law to be available.

The relevant part of the existing law (Section 2), here with the suggested addition of the words ‘degenerative disease’ is:

127.805 §2.01. Who may initiate a written request for medication. (1) An adult who is capable, is a resident of Oregon, and has been determined by the attending physician and consulting physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, (or degenerative disease) and who has voluntarily expressed his or her wish to die, may make a written request for medication for the purpose of ending his or her life in a humane and dignified manner in accordance with ORS 127.800 to 127.897.

SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL CLAUSE HERE FOR 2019 LEGISLATURE:

A sufferer from a degenerative and hopelessly incurable disease is an adult whom two physicians certify has Parkinson’s disease, A.L.S., M.S., or similar incurable condition which will, in a time span unknown at present, to be the cause of death.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are not included unless the patient has signed an Advance Directive to this effect, and whose family members (spouse, sibling, offspring; or in the complete absence of family the Continue Reading »

With the spate recently of famous people choosing to end their lives, some are mistakenly blaming the ‘right-to-die’ movement. Realistically, there is no connection.

Physician-assisted suicide, which is so far approved by six US legislatures, is to help competent adults suffering unbearable terminal illness at the END OF LIFE.

It is not about the sad suicides of persons with grave depression or serious mental illness who shorten their lives. The two fates are essentially different matters.

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This is surely a sign of changing times…..

Out of 9,200 essays submitted for the New
York Times 2018 Student Editorial Contest
, an essay on physician-assisted suicide in America was a runner-up.
You can read it at this site:

A Peaceful Passing
by Elina Niyazov, age 19

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/learning/runners-up-from-our-fifth-annual-student-editorial-contest.html

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A MEETING WORTH ATTENDING

If you happen to be within easy reach of the pleasant Oregon seaside town of FLORENCE this coming Sunday (10 June), around lunchtime, you could pop into the local library and hear what changes need to be made to the OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT, which became law in 1998

I will be outlining how the tread-setting Oregon medically-assisted dying came what is, outlining its now obvious limitations.

Bruce Yelle, founder of new End Choices nonprofit group, a Florence resident who moved from California to Oregon so as to take advantage (as did you may recall Brittany Maynard) of the Oregon law. But he found that Parkinson’s Disease did not qualify! Nor did other degenerative
diseases, only terminal illness. Bruce found many others similarly hampered.

Now Bruce Yelle (along with myself and others) is working to get the Oregon legislature to widen and improve this out-of-date law. Come hear us and join in discussions: “My Life, My Death, My Way”

Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m.
Bromley Room
Siuslaw Public Library
1460 9th Street
FLORENCE Oregon
No charges . Continue Reading »

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Looking for the FINAL EXIT NETWORK ?
The Network offers education and exit guide services FREE to any member, no matter where they are located. Click here: www.finalexitnetwork.org
The distinction: The F E Network took its name from Derek Humphry’s 1991 best-selling book ‘Final Exit’. Updatd 2018 edition obtainable at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store
The two nonprofit organizations have worked together since the Network was founded in 2004.
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Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-deliverance and Assisted Suicide” is currently ranked #18,282 out of over 8,000,000 books in Amazon’s catalog. In print since l991. Now in 3rd edition. 05.2.18

#18,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#1 in Books > Law > Estate Planning > Living Wills
#1 in Books > Law > Health & Medical Law > Right to Die
#4 in Books > Self-Help > Death & Grief > Suicide

Also on Kindle

www.finalexit.org/ergo-store (for autographed copies)

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This article in The Washington Post on 11 March 2018 is the opening gambit in an important campaign to make doctor-assisted-dying more widely available. I have always supported such changes:-

In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die

by Rob Kuznia, Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — Shortly after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 56, Nora Harris moved to Oregon from California with her husband, thinking it would be a place where she could die on her own terms.

Shortly after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 58, Bruce Yelle migrated to Oregon from the Golden State for the same reason. This was the state, after all, that pioneered medically assisted suicide in America when its Death with Dignity Act took effect in 1997.

As it turned out, both Harris and Yelle were ineligible: People with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis and a host of other degenerative diseases are generally excluded from the Oregon law.

This is because some degenerative diseases aren’t fatal. People die with Parkinson’s, for example, not because of it. Other diseases, such as advanced Alzheimer’s, rob people of the cognition they need to legally request the suicide medications.

Harris — a onetime Virginia Woolf scholar who worked as a library branch manager — died in October at 64, unable to speak coherently, feed herself or recognize Continue Reading »

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A great worker for a long time in the right-to-die movement, JIM CHASTAIN, brought his life to an end on his 92nd birthday. He wrote this note, which son emailed next day. Jim wrote:
Quote:
To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins – [Tolkien character]

Today is my 92nd birthday. Alas, 92 is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable people.

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. But I regret to announce — this is my ‘Final Exit’.
I am going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye.

I have had a full, happy life filled with interesting activities and friendly accomplished people. Thank you for the part you have played in making my life so good.
HAVE FUN. [end quote]
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Jim died peacefully at home in Florida with his family nearby on his 92nd birthday, March 5, 2018.
He had worked for the Hemlock Society USA, the Hemlock Society of Florida and lastly the Final Exit Network.

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