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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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INQUIRY
Unfortunately I missed the warning about the change in helium tanks that will now include oxygen. I have been unable to find any “old” tanks locally and am hesitant to take the chance ordering online at this late date.

1) Has anyone had success with buying a tank from an industrial supplier of helium?

2) Has anyone attempted to rent a tank from a local supplier and then just not return it and forfeit the deposit? I have a local supplier that rents a tank -100% helium -that will fill 25 balloons (haven’t called to determine the tank size) for $22.50 plus $100 deposit or a 50 balloon tank for $45 plus deposit.
It would be an expensive way to obtain helium — but……

Diane H…., Sonoma County

Send answers to ergo@finalexit.org

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A Baltimore Circuit Court judge denied Dr.Lawrence Egbert’s request to reinstate his medical license Thursday, but not before expressing some sympathy for the right-to-die advocate linked to six deaths in Maryland.

Judge Marcus Z. Shar explained to Egbert, who represented himself in court, that his powers to review the case were limited. After finding that Egbert held the hands of six Marylanders as they asphyxiated themselves with helium, the Maryland Board of Physicians stripped Egbert of his license in December. He appealed the decision in January.

“I do not question this was done by you altruistically, out of concern and compassion for these patients,” Shar said. “That is not the issue before me.”

Shar upheld the board’s decision that Egbert was acting within his role as a physician when he advised and assisted those who wanted to commit suicide, and that he acted unprofessionally, against medical ethics and state law.

Egbert repeated defenses that he and his former colleagues in the group the Final Exit Network were relieving the pain of people who suffered for years and wanted to end their lives on their own terms. Though Maryland regulators found he acted unprofessionally when he removed suicide paraphernalia from the scene of the deaths, Egbert said he only did so at the requests of patients concerned about the stigma of suicide.

“We were doing what physicians ought to be doing, and are not doing,” Egbert told Shar.

Shar said he could not reverse the board’s decision if he found that a “reasonable person would find as they did.”

“It may very well be that soon the world will catch up with this, or Maryland will catch up with this,” Shar said. “At this point, it has not.”

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California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped efforts to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The authors of the legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs did not have enough support to get it through committees amid fierce religious opposition.

Sponsors vowed to continue the fight. Aid-in-dying advocates had said they would take the issue before voters if the effort failed in the Legislature. This would require the gathering of some 385,000 signatures to put it on the ballot, and a campaign expenditure running into the millions.

The Death With Dignity laws in Oregon and Washington were installed by citizen voter initiatives. Only in Vermont has the legislature
approved.

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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
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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
at
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21656182-doctors-should-be-allowed-help-suffering-and-terminally-ill-die-when-they-choose

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:
www.euthanasia2016.org

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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.
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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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