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The Guardian in London printed this lengthy article which is well worth taking the time to read…..

Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world’s euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences

By Christopher de Bellaigue
18 Jan 2019

Last year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying man’s bed. “They were drinking and guffawing and crying,” Keizer told me when I met him in Amsterdam recently. “It was boisterous. And I thought: ‘How am I going to cleave the waters?’ But the man knew exactly what to do. Suddenly he said, ‘OK, guys!’ and everyone understood. Everyone fell silent. The very small children were taken out of the room and I gave him his injection. I could have kissed him, because I wouldn’t have known how to break up the party.”

Keizer is one of around 60 physicians on the books of the Levenseindekliniek, or End of Life Clinic, which matches doctors willing to perform euthanasia with patients seeking an end to their lives, and which was responsible for the euthanasia of some 750 people in 2017. For Keizer, who was a philosopher before studying medicine…… SNIPPED….
READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AT
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/18/death-on-demand-has-euthanasia-gone-too-far-netherlands-assisted-dying

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This posting reinforces what I’ve said always: To
obtain drugs for self-deliverance from unbearable illness from Mexico you have to go there. Not always possible of course. I repeat: mail orders for Nembutal from Mexico are nearly all scams.
Comment:
Name: Alberto B
Purchasing Pisabental in Mexico

Last month I went to Valladolid, that is 150 km from Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Went to two veterinarian shops. Both offered to sell me Pisabental, no question asked. Got one bottle (expire 2019). Paid the equivalent to US 40.00.

(PISABENTAL® is sodium pentobarbital (also known as Nembutal)

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Veteran of 40 years involvement with the right-to-die movement, in the USA and worldwide, Sidney D. Rosoff died on 4 January 2019 at his home in New York after a long illness. He was 94.

He was president of the Hemlock Society USA 1992-1995, previously chairman of the Society for the Right to Die, and founding president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies in l980.

Born in New York City on 13 December l924, Sidney served in US Army Air Corps 1943-1946. He graduated from New York University 1949 and from Harvard Law School 1952.

As partner with several NYC law firms, Sidney specialized in estate planning, trusts and estate administration, charitable organizations and foundations.

His other deep interest, along with his wife Joann, was the American Craft Council, on the board of which he served 1983-1993.

Derek Humphry writes: “Sidney was always the peacemaker in a movement known for its controversial positions and highly opinionated colleagues. His low-key manner and lawyer skills settled many an argument.

“In the l970s when the issue of choice in dying well surfaced in a big way, and a handful of involved groups around the world were emerging in disjointed fashion, Sidney and myself put together the framework of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies and got it launched at a disputatious conference in Oxford in l980. Sidney wrote the by-laws and set up the foundation.

“Then the Federation had 27 groups from 18 nations; today it embraces 51 groups from 26 countries. Despite his physical limitations from a stroke, Sidney took part in the Federation’s 2014
conference in Chicago hosted by the Final Exit Network.”

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BUYERS BEWARE !
People desperate to buy the barbiturates Nembutal and Seconal are being taking advantage of by crooks
all over the world. There are at least 40 such web
sites which are fraudulent. The tricksters want
$500-$800 USD to be wired.

The following vital scam information is from the December 2018 issue newsletter of Exit International run by Dr. Philip Nitschke, who operates out of Australia and the Netherlands
Dr. Nitschke writes: Online Nembutal Scammers

2018 was a very successful year for online Nembutal Scammers!

Not only are Scammers using websites & email addresses, but this year saw them launch into the messaging service What’s App, the professional networking site Linked In & WordPress Blogs,in addition to websites & emails.

And they are using iTunes and Amazon gift cards, in addition to Western Union and Bitcoins to get paid.

In short, you can now be scammed by a range of means if you are searching online to buy Nembutal. And they come from as far afield as the US, Ukraine & Cameroon to name a few.

And, yes, a lot of them sound like Exit International & The Peaceful Pill eHandbook. (Or Final Exit or Derek Humphry)

Examples:
• Euthanasia International
• Peaceful Pill Directory (above)

All are SCAMS! Caveat Emptor

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Assisted suicide used to be a taboo subject
but now, as VARIETY magazine reports, it’s a
plot in a forthcoming TV comedy series! Progress?

‘Veep’ Star Timothy Simons to Develop Assisted-Suicide Comedy at HBO
By Joe Otterson

Variety has learned that the “Veep” star is developing a half-hour comedy at the premium cabler HBO titled “Exit Plans.”

In the series, when assisted suicide is legalized in 2019, a man from California opens a small business helping people transition into death peacefully while struggling to keep a hold of his crumbling personal life. In short, he’s trying to figure out his life while ending yours.

Simons will write, executive produce, and star in the series with Will Graham also executive producing under his Field Trip Productions banner.

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December 2018

Dear friends and subscribers,

It is the time of the year that I ask you to please make a tax-deductible contribution to help ERGO continue with its work.

What does ERGO do?

(a) Manages the Right-to-Die Listserv, supplying news relevant to the death-with-dignity movement. The email news list currently has 3,400 subscribers, many in the United States and Canada, but also around the world;

(b) Speaks with anxious people every day who make contact about problems with a dying situation, their own or family;

(c) Actively works with EndChoices, a new group campaigning to improve the Oregon Death with Dignity Act so as to include degenerative illness and to modify its Advance Directive. I’m on its Board, which meets at my home;

(d) Speaking engagements on the West coast (most recently San Diego, CA, Florence, OR, and Seattle, WA);

(e) Briefs news media, writers and students on the background and history of the death-with-dignity movement;

(f) Provides quality literature [Final Exit etc.] on request about ways to self-deliver from a terminal or degenerative illness. Book sales help fund ERGO;

(g) ERGO supplies vital information on euthanasia generally at two web sites and a popular blog. (www.finalexit.org / www.assistedsuicide.org / www.assisted-dying.org);

(h) In addition to running ERGO, I’m chairperson of the advisory board of the Final Exit Network which I helped found in 2003. Since it was formed in 1989, I’ve been liaison officer to NUTECH, a restricted international group seeking legal, non-medical ways of self-deliverance.

ERGO is a tiny organization with a loud voice. Nonprofit, tax-deductible since 1993. Staff is only me, with on-call support services. No office rent. But technical support, utilities, travel, advertising, internet fees, telephone and postage are considerable.

ERGO needs your support in whatever sum you feel is right. Contributions are tax deductible 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. ERGO tax ID # is 93-1118314

Please submit your contribution via this link to the ERGO Store:
https://www.finalexit.org/ergo-store/contribute-to-ergo-c-68/contribute-to-ergo-p-192.html

Or in the regular mail to: ERGO, 24829 Norris Lane, Junction City, Oregon 97448, USA

Remember: Contributions to ERGO are tax-deductible and purchases from the ERGO Bookstore support ERGO.

Have a good life, and a good death. Thank you.

Derek Humphry, journalist & author
President ERGO
December2018

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Isn’t it amazing that in Minnesota nowadays you can obtain my book FINAL EXIT at bookstores or libraries but you break the law when you verbally tell a person its contents!

The USA nonprofit advice group, FINAL EXIT NETWORK, out of Florida, has been fined $30,000 plus costs for advising a very sick woman who asked where to get the famous book. US Supreme Court declined to hear the Network’s appeal on 1st Amendment grounds.

Below is the latest comment by a distinguished law professor on yet another appeal by the Network that this Minnesota law as it stands now is nonsense.

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Final Exit Network v. Minnesota – 1st Amendment Right to Advise Patients on How to Hasten Death Medical Futility
by Thaddeus Pope, 10 Dec 2018, U.S.

I attended the November 30, 2018 hearing on Minnesota’s motion to dismiss Final Exit Network’s challenge to the Minnesota assisted suicide statute.

The focus of the hearing was on a wide range of standing issues ranging from collateral estoppel, to Rooker Feldman, to the 11th Amendment.

Network lawyer Robert Rivas explained that he is not challenging or seeking re-review of FEN’s conviction in state court. Instead, he is bringing an overbreadth challenge (which is one type of facial challenge). Rivas explained that a librarian who takes the book FINAL EXIT off the shelf and hands it to a patron would be guilty of assisted suicide in Minnesota (or at least in Dakota County).

Moreover, there is a prospect that a FEN exit guide may be assigned to another Minnesota resident and therefore be subject to prosecution. Indeed, current exit guides have already asked Minnesotans to meet them outside Minnesota for counseling. The interpretation of the Minnesota assisted suicide statute to cover mere speech has already created a chilling effect.

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Please note: ‘Final Exit’ is a book by Derek Humphry, not an organization. The assistance organization is the Final Exit Network, nonprofit, based in Florida, covers the USA. Both have web sites.
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DRUG SCAMMERS ARE IMPERSONATING US

At any one time there are at least 40 web sites offering to sell the drug Nembutal without the need for a doctor’s prescription. None are known to be reliable.

Not only are they fraudulent but sometimes pretend to be part of genuine right-to-die organization like ERGO or EXIT.

The latest impersonator has stolen the colored banner and logo from ERGO’s web site. They repeat the words “Euthanasia World Directory – Web Site of Hemlock Society Founder Derek Humphry” at the top of their web site.

Another site includes my name “Derek” as a suggestion that I’m involved.

Dr. Philip Nitschke, of Exit International, is an even bigger target for the scammers. Some not only use his name but also his photograph, lifted from his web site.

He has roundly condemned them and warned people extensively.

The scammers usually ask for either $500 or $700 in US dollars to be wired to them via Western Union. They offer liquid Nembutal or Veterinary Nembutal in two bottles, sufficient to end life quickly and painlessly.

A favorite trick of some thieves is to deliver honestly on a couple of orders, gain a good reputation, then when thousands of dollars roll in, fail to respond and Continue Reading »

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There is a world-wide debate about whether or not
patients who are severely demented could be given
doctor-assisted suicide (assisted dying). Perhaps
this forthcoming court case will suggest answers.

Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for performing euthanasia on a patient in the first case of its kind since its legalization 16 years ago.

The decision was taken after a regional euthanasia review board found she had “overstepped the mark” in euthanizing the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.

Prosecutors allege the patient’s will was “unclear and contradictory” when it came to her final wishes.

The doctor, who has not been named, says she acted cautiously in the case.

Her spokesman told Dutch television channel NOS that she welcomed “further guidance on the question of the wishes of incapacitated patients”, but “regrets” that she is being prosecuted over the April 2016 case.

Prosecutors said in this particular instance, the woman “had regularly stated Continue Reading »

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It’s been 24 years since Oregon citizens passed the Death With Dignity Act and ten years since Washington state passed a similar law providing medical assisted dying under tight guidelines.
Altogether, seven US states now have an Oregon-type law. The latest, Hawaii, takes effect next
year.
That’s a big step forward and important help to hundreds of terminally ill people seeking a
peaceful death. In the light of all this experience couldn’t we draft a better law?
It’s time to update and improve this law, chiefly to give adults with serious degenerative illness the chance to qualify for relief.
And to strengthen the Advance Directives (Living Wills as they were known).
Let’s be progressive, not stuck in the past. More people urgently need this type of help. The Oregon legislature will consider these changes next year.
Canada’s new law on this subject is much improved over the Oregon-style laws which were drafted in the early l990s. Much has changed in US medical practice, medical ethics and social awareness.
A re-think is necessary.

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