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New and improved techniques of self-deliverance from a terminal illness

Now that some manufacturers have begun (2015) diluting helium in party balloon inflation tanks, it is time to consider alternative ways of using inert gases when planning to bring an end to terminal suffering by competent adults.

Therefore I have re-written my booklet on the subject. It is now called “How To Make Your Own Inert Gas Hood Kit” . It describes the use of nitrogen as well as pure helium.

(*We need a new approach. *There are no longer ready-made inert gas kits on the market. *New tanks marked HELIUM/AIR are inadequate as they are 20% diluted. *Nitrogen is an alternative choice.)

Read, download and save now to your computer ERGO’s illustrated guide ($10) for future consideration at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store

Derek Humphry ergo@finalexit.org 08.2015

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Statement by Final Exit Network:

HASTINGS, Minnesota, August 24, 2015 — Final Exit Network was sentenced to pay a $30,000 fine today for “assisting in a suicide” in connection with the 2007 self-deliverance of a member.

Judge Christian Wilton sentenced the organization to the maximum fine.

Final Exit Network was convicted on May 14 of assisting in a suicide, a felony punishable by a fine of $30,000, and of interfering with a body or the scene of a death with the intent to mislead the coroner, a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of $3,000.

It had been previously reported many times that the maximum fine faced by Final Exit Network was $33,000. However, during the sentencing hearing, the State elected not to seek the separate $3,000 fine for the misdemeanor.

The State also sought the payment of $2,9745.63 as “restitution” to the family of Doreen Dunn, 57, as the “victims” of the “crime.” The amount represented the sum spent by Mark Dunn, the decedent’s husband for her burial and headstone. Testimony at the trial indicated Dunn had long-standing plans to separate from his wife and move from their home. Ironically, his belongings were in boxes on the day of her death, waiting to be moved out the next day.

While the Network might have objected to the payment of “restitution,” the organization’s attorney, Robert Rivas, said to the court, “It is a family’s sacred obligation to pay to bury their loved ones, but if Mr. Dunn doesn’t want to have to pay for his wife’s burial, Final Exit Network will pay it for him.”

“We intend to vigorously appeal this for two reasons. One is the importance of protecting all Americans’ free speech rights from encroachment by the government, but the second is to continue our advocacy for competent adults to have the right to make their own end-of-life decisions,” said Janis Landis, the Network’s president, who attended the hearing.

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As a flashback to what was happening in our movement 22 years ago, there is an interesting story from the New York Times files of 20 June 1993 at this web site:

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/06/20/us/at-aids-epicenter-seeking-swift-sure-death.html

Jane Gross still writes for the NY Times and is the author of the book
Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond” (Random House 2009)

Click here:
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/06/20/us/at-aids-epicenter-seeking-swift-sure-death.html

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A San Francisco Superior Court judge Friday upheld the enforcement of California laws dating back 141 years barring physician-assisted suicide after hearing arguments in a lawsuit filed by several terminally ill patients.

Several plaintiffs including Christy O’Donnell and her Bay Area doctor, Robert Brody, brought the San Francisco lawsuit asking that doctors be allowed to provide such treatment to patients who are mentally competent without fear of prosecution.

O’Donnell, who was in the courtroom Friday, cried openly outside the courtroom after Judge Ernest Goldsmith made his decision, but said she doesn’t want her tears to be misinterpreted as hopelessness.

“I am not hopeless,” said O’Donnell, a mother and former police officer and civil rights attorney who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She added that she is even more confident now that the law will change in California.

She said she doesn’t want other terminally-ill patients to be forced to endure slow, painful deaths while their families watch.

Defending the law, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office wrote in recent court papers, “California law prohibits Continue Reading »

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The Summer 2015 edition of the newsletter of the Final Exit Network is now available at these two sites:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e6ef452997b038556a1d22505/files/FEN_Sum_2015.pdf

http://flash-pub.com/pub/ebooks/e3a29f2454/index.php

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The New Mexico Court of Appeals has struck down a prior Bernalillo County District Court ruling that essentially allowed assisted suicide in the state.

In a split decision, a majority of the court concluded “that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution.”

A District Court judge previously ruled that a 1963 state statute making assisted suicide a fourth-degree felony in the state was invalid as applied to physicians who administer a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill patient.

In a 142-page ruling, the Court of Appeals also instructed district courts to stop proceedings in further assisted suicide and right-to-die cases.

The original case surrounded two University of New Mexico doctors who had previously worked with assisted suicide patients who were terminally ill and mentally competent and who wished to help a patient end her life. The right-to-die issue began with Aja Riggs, a 50-year-old Santa Fe woman battling an aggressive uterine cancer with a prognosis that her time to live was limited.

The American Civil Liberties Union got behind the case and argued that doctors should be legally allowed to assist terminally ill patients to commit suicide and the decision should be between the doctor and patient.

Riggs joined two doctors in filing the lawsuit that made its way to the state’s 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque and prompted a ruling in January 2014 by Judge Nan G. Nash that terminally ill patients do have the right to aid in dying and that “such deaths are not considered ‘suicide’ under New Mexico’s Assisted Suicide Statute.”

“This court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying,” Nash wrote in the ruling last year.

That cleared the way for such patients to seek their doctors’ help in getting prescription medication if they want to end their lives.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office argued that the question of whether right-to-die should be allowed in the state should be left up to the Legislature. The Court of Appeals heard arguments in January regarding the case.

Laura Schauer Ives, an attorney for Riggs and the two doctors, said after Tuesday’s ruling that she now plans to appeal the case to the state Supreme Court. (AP Report)

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Worth out of interest in how his machine is meant to work looking at the London Daily Mirror reporting, with pictures, of DESTINY, Dr Philip Nitscke’s latest development of his self-deliverance machine. Copy URl and paste to go

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mirror-reporter-meets-dr-death-6225236

There is an interesting video showing on the pages of The Guardian
newspaper today in London:

Title:
Dr Death Does Comedy, but will humour be the victim? – video

It can be seen at this URL site:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2015/aug/03/dr-death-does-comedy-assisted-suicide-video

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Right-to-die equipment called “Delivery”
Take a look at this web site in The Independent newspaper in London 21 July for very interesting new equipment for self-deliverance from Dr.Philip Nitschke, of Exit International:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dr-deaths-edinburgh-fringe-show-will-see-righttodie-campaigner-gas-audience-members-10405392.html

Impressive, but the legalities of using it, or supplying the equipment, to dying people are problematic. Let’s work them out.

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An attempt to overturn the UK law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia by appealing to the European Court of Human Rights has failed.

The Strasbourg court has rejected as inadmissable applications by Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony suffered from locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, who was paralysed following a car crash.

Lawyers for both campaigners had argued that those who wished to end their lives but were unable to do so should be able to seek assistance to do so without the nurse or doctor being criminalised.

Assisted suicide is prohibited by section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961 and voluntary euthanasia is considered to be murder under UK law.

The seven-judge panel on the ECHR unanimously dismissed Mrs Nicklinson’s claim on the grounds that it was for the national parliament to decide on such a sensitive issue. (Report by The Guardian, London)

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