This is the time of year – once only – when ERGO (Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization) asks its supporters if they can make a tax-deductible donation towards expenses.
ERGO is an all-volunteer nonprofit group, operating since 1993 to provide quality information about issues of the right-to-choose-to-die. ERGO has no rented offices, but all utilities have to be paid for the modest donated space.
ERGO’s biggest expense is maintaining a free news list (www.lists.opn.org/mailman/listinfo/right-to-die_lists.opn.org), two web sites (www.finalexit.org/www.assistedsuicide.org), an internet bookstore (www.finalexit.org/ergo-store) and a blog (www.assisted-dying.org). Updates, fees and tech support are a considerable ongoing expense.
ERGO has sponsored NuTech (New Technology for Self-Deliverance) since 2000. This group invented and developed the helium hood technique and continues research for other methods of choices in ending life.
Following next year’s world right-to-die conference in Chicago, NuTech will sponsor an all-day additional session exploring new ideas for self-deliverance and refining old ones. ERGO has already begun financial commitments for this.
Your contribution towards NuTech’s success would be most valuable.
Contributions can be submitted to ERGO via the internet at this site:
Or in the mail to:
ERGO, 24829 Norris Lane, Junction City, OR 97448
ERGO is 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code with a tax ID number of 93-1118314.
Grateful for your contribution and support. Thank you.
Derek Humphry, president, ERGO
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In the listing of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990–1999, according the American Library Association, this ultimate how-to book is 29th:
– Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance And Assisted Suicide for the Dying – By Derek Humphry
Now in its 22nd year of publication, it still sells daily around the world. Third edition, 2010, paperback or ebook at
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Nov 30th, 2013 by ergo
The Green Valley News, in Arizona, printed the following on 27 November 2013. By Ellen Sussman.
The tough subject of being in charge of one’s own death when a debilitating or painful end is inevitable brought about 300 people out in Saturday morning’s rain to hear Final Exit Network and Hemlock Society founder Derek Humphry.
Humphry, who has been involved in the right-to-die movement since the 1970s, said there is still much work to be done.
In May, Vermont became the fourth state to allow permanently ill patients to seek a lethal dose of medication to hasten their own deaths. It was the first state to approve the right to die through state lawmakers. Oregon and Washington enacted laws through a voter referendum; the Montana Supreme Court made it legal there.
Humphry, speaking to a sympathetic audience, said once doctors realize assisted suicide can be done legally without having their name on a death certificate it gains acceptance.
He said a person needs to have an overall picture of what is going on in their mind when considering an end to life and spoke of one’s right “to die peacefully and gracefully within the law.”
Humphry became interested in the topic in the early 1970s when his wife, Jean, was terminally ill. Two years later he wrote a book about the subject, “Jean’s Way,” and said the first printing of 5,000 books sold out in a week. It has since become a classic in the right-to-die movement, which sees Humphry as its chief banner carrier.
Humphry believes there is a need to change state laws that stand in the way of a person’s right to die and added, “It will take team work of doctors, lawyers and nurses to push a law through.”
Final Exit Network’s guide specifies criteria for ending one’s life: a person must be cognitively functional, be physically strong enough to do the required tasks, have an incurable condition that causes intolerable pain, understand the “window of opportunity” while still having mental and physical capability to be able to obtain required items and be approved by FEN’s medical director.
Final Exit Network has no offices or staff. It is run solely by volunteers who work from home.
“We’re here to help people in a caring way within the law,” Humphry said.
Web site: www.finalexitnetwork.org or call 866-654-9156
Nov 3rd, 2013 by ergo
The Arizona Daily Star carried this opinion article on November 3, 2013 (D H writes: I have never pushed, or even suggested, for assisted suicide for mentally troubled people, as this headline and article imply. Terminal or hopeless illness is my field. It is sufferers and journalists who constantly put the ‘mental’ question to me and I don’t duck the issue.)
Steller: Right-to-die advocate pushes new frontier
If you think the idea of assisted suicide is controversial, welcome to the farthest frontier in the debate.
Announcing his visit to Tucson for two Nov. 23 presentations, Derek Humphry, a pioneer in the movement for legal assisted suicide, broached this shocking notion: assisted suicide for those suffering from mental illness and unable to get better.
The idea, he said, came from his long experience in the movement. As right-to-die advocates have become more visible in their fight to establish physician-assisted-suicide laws, people with mental illness have been increasingly approaching Humphry and others seeking what he called “positive help” — in other words, assistance in killing themselves.
“From their point of view, the suffering is as great as a person dying of a physical illness,” he wrote in the announcement of his Tucson presentations. “And it probably is! They argue a terminal patient knows soon death will bring about the end of pain, whilst they are condemned Continue Reading »
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Canadians will be holding a rally at the legislature grounds in Victoria, BC this Saturday. The rally is sponsored by Dying with Dignity Canada and Choices in Dying Victoria.
World Right to Die Day has been an annual event since the first rally at the 2006 Congress of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies in Paris, France. This will be the first WRTDD rally in Canada. Demonstrations are also scheduled in several European cities.
Speakers at the Victoria rally are:
· Galina Coffey Lewis, rally organizer, Choices in Dying Victoria
· Chris Considine, QC, Lawyer for Sue Rodriguez in her 1993 constitutional challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada
· Katherine Hammond, daughter of Margo Bentley. Hammond is petitioning for a court declaration that Fraser Health Authority and Province of BC stop feeding her mother against her prior expressed wishes. Margo Bentley has Alzheimer’s disease and is regarded as in a vegetative state.
· Charlotte Kingston, BC Civil Liberties Association
· Sieglinde Malmberg, Director, DWD Canada
· Entertainment by the Raging Grannies
Where: BC Legislature grounds, Victoria
When: 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 2nd
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Oct 31st, 2013 by ergo
In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.
Advocates argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their parents, is necessary to give families an option in a desperately painful situation. But opponents have questioned whether children can reasonably decide to end their own lives.
Belgium is already a euthanasia pioneer; it legalized the practice for adults in 2002. In the last decade, the number of reported cases per year has risen from 235 deaths in 2003 to 1,432 in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available. Doctors typically give Continue Reading »
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Oct 17th, 2013 by ergo
Tasmania’s lower house has rejected voluntary euthanasia by the narrowest of margins.
The private members bill, co-sponsored by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim, was defeated 13-11 with Speaker Michael Polley effectively using his casting vote against it.
Debate in the 25-member House of Assembly had indicated a 12-12 result after all parties had granted a conscience vote on the contentious legislation.
With Greens deputy speaker Tim Morris – who supported it – in the chair and unable to cast a vote, it failed by two votes.
Tasmania would have become the first Australian state to allow assisted suicide had the bill passed its two houses, joining four European countries and four states in the United States (OR, WA, MT, VT).
Maine has become the first state to allow the direct purchase of medications from foreign pharmacies, (so the Wall Street Journal reports)
Drug manufacturers have filed a lawsuit, saying the move puts consumers at risk for counterfeit or tainted products. Maine’s governor counters, “It’s not a safety issue. It’s turf.”
The potential for cost-savings is immense: The city of Portland has been using a Canadian broker to purchase medications for its employees for years, saving the city over $3 million between 2004 and 2012.
While the FDA forbids medication imports, consumers are rarely stopped from shopping abroad.
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Sep 27th, 2013 by ergo
The number of people opting to die by euthanasia [in the Netherlands] rose by 13% last year to 4,188, according to the five regional committees charged with ensuring the legal conditions for assisted suicide are met.
Euthanasia requests have risen steadily since 2006 when 1,923 people applied for assisted suicide.
Researchers have been unable to determine why the number of cases is rising, but say they suspect it is due to greater acceptance of euthanasia by both patients and doctors.
A large majority of last year’s requests came from people with cancer – 3,251. In 42 cases, people with dementia were involved and 13 had severe psychiatric problems.
In just 10 cases, the committees ruled doctors had not met all the conditions for assisted suicide and involved health ministry inspectors. Two of these related to dementia patients and the difficulty of ensuring they had given informed consent.
Some 80% of people who opt for mercy killing die at home.
Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands under strict conditions. For example, the patient must be suffering unbearable pain and the doctor must be convinced the patient is making an informed choice. The opinion of a second doctor is also required.
[Report by Expatica]
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Sep 20th, 2013 by ergo
The US Congress moved a step closer to averting an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.
The Federal Helium Program, which provides about 42 percent of the nation’s helium from a storage site near Amarillo, Texas, is set to shut down Oct. 7 unless lawmakers intervene. The shutdown is a result of a 1996 law requiring the reserve to pay off a $1.3 billion debt by selling its helium.
The debt is paid, but billions of cubic feet of helium remain. Closing the reserve would cause a worldwide helium shortage – an outcome lawmakers from both parties hope to avoid.
The Senate approved a bill 09/19/13, by 97-2, to continue the helium program, following action in the House this spring.
Preserving access to the federal helium supply “prevents a shock to the health care sector and other critical industries that depend on helium,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, said. “Protecting America’s manufacturing base, its research capabilities, its health care system and its national security by temporarily extending the life of the (federal) helium program is just common sense.”
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