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The State of Oklahoma has decided in future to use the inert gas nitrogen for judicial executions of condemned prisoners. It has not yet done so (09/2018).
The Attorney-General commissioned an inquiry into the effectiveness of nitrogen from three academics at East Central University. In a report covering 300 pages sent to the Oklahamo Department of Corrections the academics found that nitrogen would be an effective alternative
for capital punishment.
To my disappointment, the study partially leaned on my book ‘Final Exit’ –a purpose for which it was definitely not intended. I have always been opposed to capital punishment for two main reasons: (1) it is not a deterrent; and (2) in some cases persons executed were later found to be innocent.
“Final Exit’ has been in constant publication since l991 in English, been translated into twelve major languages, and is in most libraries.
As this report “Nitrogen Induced Hypoxia as a Form of Capital Punishment” is about to made public in the media, here is what it says about its use In self-deliverance by the advanced terminally ill:

USE OF NITROGEN

Quote on pages 149-150 from the 300 page report

Perhaps one of the greatest testaments to both the humanity of nitrogen induced hypoxia as well as the ease of administration is its rapidly gaining popularity as a self-selected means of suicide. Suicide by hypoxia using an inert gas is the most widely promoted Continue Reading »

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To clear up wide misunderstandings about the scope of
the medical assisted suicide in Canada, here are the basic rules according to law:

For Canada (all provinces, including Québec):

241.2 (1) A person may receive medical assistance in dying only if they meet all of the following criteria:

(a) they are eligible — or, but for any applicable minimum period of residence or waiting period, would be eligible — for health services funded by a government in Canada;

(b) they are at least 18 years of age and capable of making decisions with respect to their health;

(c) they have a grievous and irremediable medical condition;

(d) they have made a voluntary request for medical assistance in dying that, in particular, was not made as a result of external pressure; and

(e) they give informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying after having been informed of the means that are available to relieve their suffering, including palliative care.

Grievous and irremediable medical condition

(2) A person has a grievous and irremediable medical condition only if they meet all of the following criteria:

(a) they have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability;

(b) they are in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability;

(c) that illness, disease or disability or that state of decline causes them enduring Continue Reading »

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An old book with a lasting message

A publisher in Finland – Oy Scanria Ab – recently purchased the translation rights of the book ‘Jean’s Way’ by Derek Humphry.
This book, first published forty years ago in London, helped to launch the modern movement for assisted dying for the terminally ill by switching the discussion away from exclusively euthanasia to more acceptable, planned self-deliverance and physician-assisted suicide.
The planned manner in which Jean chose to bring to an end her terminal illness (breast cancer) prefigured the type of death with dignity laws later passed in six American states. It also launched the Hemlock Society USA in 1980 campaigning for the right to choose to die. (Hemlock closed in 2003.)
This memoir by Jean’s husband, Derek, who helped her to die peacefully, has never been out of print in English, and also been translated into Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish (Spain and Mexico), Hebrew (Israel), German and Turkish.
‘Jean’s Way’ can also be read on KINDLE.
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SCAMS GALORE

The July newsletter of Exit International prints a list of 43 web sites which claim to sell the barbiturate Nembutal.
“They are run by scammers,” says Dr. Phillip Nitschke, Exit’s
leader.
Some scammers use trick names to give the impression that
they are Dr. Nitschke’s own sites, and in one case includes
my name as a pretense of authenticity.
Potential buyers normally lose $500-$700 USD when they take a chance on purchase over the internet.
Sorry, there is no web site that I know of which is reliable.
Some start out apparently honestly but when they realize what a gold mine they have, they become fraudulent.

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IMPROVING THE OREGON ASSISTED DYING LAW

At the first public meeting in Florence on June 10, 2018, of the new organization END-OF-LIFE OPTIONS IN OREGON, twenty people attended and there was lively discussion.
The following addition drafted by Derek Humphry to the existing Oregon Death With Dignity Act l997 was put forward and debated. It is hoped to get it passed in the Oregon State Legislature when it meets again next year, 2019.
Accepting that it is a highly controversial modification, nonprofit EOLOIO is preparing for a tough fight. The meeting was convinced that the time has come for this kind of law to be available.

The relevant part of the existing law (Section 2), here with the suggested addition of the words ‘degenerative disease’ is:

127.805 §2.01. Who may initiate a written request for medication. (1) An adult who is capable, is a resident of Oregon, and has been determined by the attending physician and consulting physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, (or degenerative disease) and who has voluntarily expressed his or her wish to die, may make a written request for medication for the purpose of ending his or her life in a humane and dignified manner in accordance with ORS 127.800 to 127.897.

SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL CLAUSE HERE FOR 2019 LEGISLATURE:

A sufferer from a degenerative and hopelessly incurable disease is an adult whom two physicians certify has Parkinson’s disease, A.L.S., M.S., or similar incurable condition which will, in a time span unknown at present, to be the cause of death.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are not included unless the patient has signed an Advance Directive to this effect, and whose family members (spouse, sibling, offspring; or in the complete absence of family the Continue Reading »

With the spate recently of famous people choosing to end their lives, some are mistakenly blaming the ‘right-to-die’ movement. Realistically, there is no connection.

Physician-assisted suicide, which is so far approved by six US legislatures, is to help competent adults suffering unbearable terminal illness at the END OF LIFE.

It is not about the sad suicides of persons with grave depression or serious mental illness who shorten their lives. The two fates are essentially different matters.

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This is surely a sign of changing times…..

Out of 9,200 essays submitted for the New
York Times 2018 Student Editorial Contest
, an essay on physician-assisted suicide in America was a runner-up.
You can read it at this site:

A Peaceful Passing
by Elina Niyazov, age 19

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/learning/runners-up-from-our-fifth-annual-student-editorial-contest.html

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A MEETING WORTH ATTENDING

If you happen to be within easy reach of the pleasant Oregon seaside town of FLORENCE this coming Sunday (10 June), around lunchtime, you could pop into the local library and hear what changes need to be made to the OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT, which became law in 1998

I will be outlining how the tread-setting Oregon medically-assisted dying came what is, outlining its now obvious limitations.

Bruce Yelle, founder of new End Choices nonprofit group, a Florence resident who moved from California to Oregon so as to take advantage (as did you may recall Brittany Maynard) of the Oregon law. But he found that Parkinson’s Disease did not qualify! Nor did other degenerative
diseases, only terminal illness. Bruce found many others similarly hampered.

Now Bruce Yelle (along with myself and others) is working to get the Oregon legislature to widen and improve this out-of-date law. Come hear us and join in discussions: “My Life, My Death, My Way”

Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m.
Bromley Room
Siuslaw Public Library
1460 9th Street
FLORENCE Oregon
No charges . Continue Reading »

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Looking for the FINAL EXIT NETWORK ?
The Network offers education and exit guide services FREE to any member, no matter where they are located. Click here: www.finalexitnetwork.org
The distinction: The F E Network took its name from Derek Humphry’s 1991 best-selling book ‘Final Exit’. Updatd 2018 edition obtainable at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store
The two nonprofit organizations have worked together since the Network was founded in 2004.
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Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-deliverance and Assisted Suicide” is currently ranked #18,282 out of over 8,000,000 books in Amazon’s catalog. In print since l991. Now in 3rd edition. 05.2.18

#18,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#1 in Books > Law > Estate Planning > Living Wills
#1 in Books > Law > Health & Medical Law > Right to Die
#4 in Books > Self-Help > Death & Grief > Suicide

Also on Kindle

www.finalexit.org/ergo-store (for autographed copies)

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