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New book 'Good Life, Good Death'Good Life, Good Death
The story of my varied life as a journalist in the UK and USA, founder of the Hemlock Society USA, and pioneer of choice in dying laws in America. A quality hardback book, clear typeface. Get it from my website and it’s autographed and — if you request it — inscribed to you. If you’re not in America, order it from your country’s Amazon Book store. Good Life, Good Death — memoir.

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Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from physicians is again before state lawmakers in the state of New York, though top lawmakers are either skeptical about its chances or firmly opposed.

Undeterred, several supporters gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday,
hoping stories of loved ones lost to painful illness might convince
lawmakers to add New York to the list of five states that already allow
physician-assisted suicide.

The bill before the Assembly and the Senate would allow terminally ill
people to request life-ending drugs from physicians
. Two doctors would
have to certify that a patient is competent to make the decision and is
suffering from a terminal illness, and physicians could refuse to
participate for any reason. Two witnesses would be required to be
present when a patient completes a written request.

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Medical Aid in Dying Library
I am liquidating my entire collection of books on medical aid in dying. There are over 300 titles, most hardcopy, and all are in good to excellent condition. Many are now out of print and are not available digitally.

I have not set a price and will consider a “best offer,” or would consider donating to a library or research organization in consideration of a charitable receipt for tax purposes. For a complete list of titles please send me an email with the word “books” in the subject line.

Roland Halpern -email rolandhalpern@msn.com

Derek Humphry adds: I know Roland to be a long-time worker in our field, thus would expect his library to worthwhile.

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Books that started significant movements
or new awareness in the 20th century:

The well of loneliness, by Radcliffe Hall, 1928
Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson 1962
Unsafe at any speed, by Ralph Nader 1965
(vehicular safety)
Situation Ethics: The New Morality, by Joseph Fletcher 1966
(Moral responsibility)
And the band played on, by Randy Shilts 1987
Final Exit, by Derek Humphry 1991

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Physician-assisted suicides up in the Netherlands

Cases of euthanasia are reportedly on the rise in the Netherlands. A
total 6,091 cases were registered last year ? a 10% rise compared to 2015.

As reported by Dutch News online, euthanasia now accounts for 4% of
total deaths.

Meanwhile, the regional monitoring boards said the rules for euthanasia
were not followed correctly in 10 cases. Most of this involved a failure
to properly consult a second doctor. In one case, a doctor was
reprimanded for ?crossing the line? with a patient suffering from severe

Of the total, 87% of assisted deaths involved people with cancer,
serious heart or lung problems or diseases of the nervous system such as
ALS. There were 32 more cases of assisted suicide involving people with

In addition, there were 60 cases involving people with severe
psychiatric problems, a rise of four on 2015.

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To hear Derek Humphry talk about his new book “Good Life, Good Death”
watch on YouTube at this link


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Part of the Washington Post’s reporting 22 March 2017 on the senate hearings on whether to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court:

Senator Diane Feinstein with Judge Gorsuch….

The two also discussed a book that Gorsuch wrote in which he opposed physician-assisted suicide, and said any taking of a human life was wrong.

Feinstein mentioned the death of her father and a close friend, which she said were agonizing. She mentioned California’s recent physician-assisted suicide law.

“My heart goes out to you,” Gorsuch said, and then appeared to choke up when he mentioned the death of his own father. He said his personal views would have no role in his duties as a judge, and noted the Supreme Court has ruled that states may allow laws such as California’s.
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FEN takes Death with Dignity case to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Board of Directors of Final Exit Network has authorized an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States from the corporation’s conviction in Minnesota on a charge of “assisting” in a “suicide.”

On Tuesday, March 14, the Supreme Court of Minnesota declined to review the Network’s 2015 conviction. The Network’s petition for review by the Supreme Court of the United States is required to be filed within 90 days of the Supreme Court of Minnesota’s denial of review.

In May 2015, Final Exit Network, Inc. was convicted by a jury in Hastings, Minnesota of “assisting” in a “suicide” for having provided Exit Guide services to a woman who elected to terminate her extreme suffering. The Network was fined $30,000 and required to pay an additional $3,000 in restitution to the “victims,” the family of the deceased Network member, to cover her funeral expenses.

The Network appealed the 2015 conviction to the intermediate Court of Appeals of Minnesota, which affirmed the conviction last December. The Supreme Court of Minnesota denied review of the Court of Appeals’ decision.

Even though it was established at the trial that the Network’s Exit Guides, in accordance with the Network’s practices and protocols, did not provide any physical assistance in the death, the Network was convicted merely for giving information to Doreen Dunn, 57, of Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Under the Minnesota courts’ interpretation of that state’s law against “assisting” in a “suicide,” the Network was convicted for giving the Apple Valley member the website address where she could purchase Derek Humphry’s landmark bestseller, “Final Exit,” the Network’s namesake.

In all the Minnesota courts, the Network has asserted and will continue to assert in the Supreme Court of the United States that Final Exit Network’s giving of information to its members is a First Amendment-protected exercise of free speech, and therefore Minnesota cannot make it a crime.

“No other state in the country makes it a crime to give information about self-deliverance,” said the Network’s president, Janis Landis. “We find the Minnesota law intolerable and wrong and we will not give up the fight. This will be an expensive project and I call upon supporters of death with dignity and freedom of speech to contribute to our legal defense fund.”

—Final Exit Network
PO Box 10071
Tallahassee, FL 32302

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Derek Humphry's memoir just published

Good Life, Good Death
by Derek Humphry

Would you like an autographed-by-author copy of this 2017 memoir? Also, if you wish, an inscription made out to you personally or a friend?

This is a hardcover volume from Carrel Books, New York, and retails in stores for $34.99 (plus tax). And for $30.99 from Amazon Books, plus tax and shipping. We supply it for $30 together with signature and inscription.

This is the story of Derek s wartime life in WW2 as a schoolboy, his climb from newspaper gopher to staff investigative reporter for the London Sunday Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Also author of 12 nonfiction books — among them < Because They’re Black> which won the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize in 1972.

Then in l975 Derek s life took a dramatic turn when his terminally ill wife of 42 years asked him to help end her life to avoid further suffering in the final stages. He did so, subsequently writing an account of this in which became, to his surprise, an international bestseller.

The right-to-die aspect of this book launched him into an unexpected career of spokesperson for the burgeoning movement. In l980 he founded the Hemlock Society USA to fight for lawful means of medical assisted suicide which had never before been sought in America.

Banned in France only
In l991 Derek published a how-to book [FINAL EXIT] on ending one’s life which first stunned America, then published in 12 major world languages. Calls for its banning failed, except in France. This DIY book became the bestselling nonfiction book in the New York Times for 18 weeks. It is still (with updates) the gold standard in this genre.

Today, at 86, Derek is fondly known as the ‘grandfather’ of the American choice in dying movement. His new memoir is the result of three years of work, at the same time remaining active in the movement. There are 17 pictures, from boyhood onwards.

ERGO can sell you an autographed copy of for $30 USD, including shipping. No sales tax in Oregon.
[Store price is $34.99 plus any tax. Amazon is $30.99 plus tax/shipping] Or you could order it from your local public library.

Good Life, Good Death: The Memoir of a Right to Die Pioneer
by Derek Humphry (Author), Stephen Jamison (Foreword)

Carrel Books, New York. 156 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover $34.99
ISBN-13: 978-1631440663
ISBN-10: 1631440667

For a personalized copy of this book, send $30 (includes shipping). Make check or money order to ERGO (Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization, nonprofit).

24829 Norris Lane
Junction City OR 97448

This book is not yet on the internet ERGO Bookstore. Mail order in N.America only now.

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