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Gerald A. Larue dies at 98; former minister debunked biblical stories
By Elaine Woo of the Los Angeles Times 09.22.14

Gerald A. Larue — an ordained minister who became an agnostic, archeologist, religious scholar and debunker of claims such as Lazarus rising from the dead and the discovery of Noah’s ark — has died. He was 98.

The longtime USC professor of religion and gerontology died Wednesday in Newport Beach after a stroke, said his son, David.

“He was an inspirational thinker, and that’s an oxymoron, especially in religion,” said USC professor of gerontology Vern Bengtson. “You find people who are an inspiration and people who are thinkers; they often do not go together. But Gerry was able to do that.”

During an academic career spanning five decades, Larue became a widely cited expert on topics including Satanism, visions of Mary, and death and dying. He wrote or co-wrote a dozen books, including the provocatively titled “Sex and the Bible” (1983) and “Playing God: Fifty Religions’ Views on Your Right to Die” (1996).

In 1980 he became founding president of the Hemlock Society, conceived by “Final Exit” author and right-to-die movement pioneer Derek Humphry to provide information to the terminally ill and legalize physician-assisted suicide.

“He stepped up to the plate when others were afraid,” Humphry Continue Reading »

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World Leaders in Right to Die with Dignity Movement to Meet in Chicago

Members of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, comprising 52 organizations in 27 countries, will meet in Chicago September 17-21. Hosting is Final Exit Network, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization serving members in the United States who are suffering from intolerable physical conditions and are considering ending their misery and their lives.

The presenters will include the giants of our global movement, death-with-dignity’s forerunners. Each speaker has historically played an important part in allowing our collective voice to be heard. They will air developments in their respective countries and discuss issues that break current barriers, such as old -age rational suicide and euthanasia for consenting children. Their stories are replete with risk-taking, courage, and drama. Audience members will reap from this conference a far deeper understanding of the issues involved.

All the delegates’ presentations – no matter how controversial, leading-edge, and provocative – will be open to the press. Among them will be those from the Netherlands and Switzerland and others from the vanguard of the Movement, our “elders,” with wisdom and experience to share. The full program and speaker biographies are available at http://www.wfconf2014.com/

Delegates will be welcomed by a video recording of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s sharing his support of assisted dying. As a colleague and friend of the late Nelson Mandela he was critical of the drawn-out and undignified death of South Africa’s most famous leader.

FEN is an all-volunteer, 3000 -member organization that offers counseling, support, and specific information on self-deliverance if a member wants to explore that option. FEN President Stephenson stresses that “FEN does not encourage anyone to end his or her life, does not provide the means to do so, and does not actively assist in the person’s death. We do, however, believe in the ultimate human right of people to end their life when medical circumstances justify that choice, and we support them in whatever choice they make.”

In the U.S., only Final Exit Network supports qualified members who are not “terminal” (with a projected 6 months left to live), because some serious diseases create years of misery before that final stage is reached.

Contact this website: www.finalexitnetwork.org, or call 866-654-9156.

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Sorry to have to say this, but reports are pouring in of scams and fakes on foreign orders for barbiturates, notably Nembutal and Seconal. It is getting worse. I don’t advise you risk any of them. Regrets….Derek Humphry (‘Final Exit’)

The Canadian Medical Association, which has had a permanent policy saying doctors should not participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, is softening its stance.

Delegates to the organization’s general council decided 19 August that the CMA now “supports the right of all physicians, within the bounds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide medical aid in dying.”

This recognizes that, while assisting death is still a crime in Canada, the attitudes of Canadians, including those of physicians, are changing quickly, and so is the law.

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Final Exit Network is ten

10th Anniversary of Founding

The Final Exit Network will be ten years old this Thursday, having been founded in Chicago on August 14, 2004, by ten persons, eight of whom are still with us. It came into being as a result of the closure of the Hemlock Society USA (1980-2003)

For further details, such as who did it, see Richard Cote’s book “In Search of Gentle Death” at page 369.

Web: www.finalexitnetwork.org

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Following raids by law enforcement in US and Canada on manufacturers, nobody now supplies the ready-made helium hood kit for self-deliverance from a terminal illness. (GLADD is gone.)

But there is now a substitute in my pamphlet “How to make your own helium hood kit” which can be downloaded as an illustrated pdf at this web site:

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Derek Humphry’s three books on euthanasia, mostly centered on self-directed death also known as self-deliverance from a terminal or hopeless illness, are now available on Kindle.

(1) Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying.
(2) Jean’s Way: A Love story.
(3) Good Life, Good Death: Memoir of a journalist and right-to-die activist.

They are also available from ERGO Bookstore at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store in either paperback or ebook pdf download or from Amazon.com

There is also “Final Exit on DVD” which is the illustrated account of the famous book.

From ERGO Bookstore only, there is ‘How to Make Your Own Helium Hood Kit.” It can be downloaded at the ERGO internet bookstore.

For an Advance Directive (Living Will) dealing with the possibility of Alzheimer’s Disease, or dementia, in the future, download it from the ERGO Bookstore under the icon “Control and Choice”

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The House of Lords [UK] was split on 07/18/14 over whether to back assisted dying, as supporters argued it would end the excruciating suffering of the terminally ill and opponents warned it was “a whisker away” from euthanasia.

The assisted dying bill, proposed by the former lord chancellor Charles Falconer, would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to patients judged to have less than six months to live. By the end of an emotionally fraught 10-hour debate, about 65 peers had spoken in favour of the legislation and 62 against. There was no consensus among the professions, with doctors, senior lawyers, police chiefs, politicians and the clergy speaking on each side.

Many warned it would lead to pressure on disabled people not to be a “burden” on relatives. Grey-Thompson questioned whether it would lead to Dignitas-style clinics in Britain and argued it would not provide people with a “Hollywood death”. A few even made comparisons with the mass euthanasia undertaken by the Nazis.

With the House so evenly divided, the peers nodded Falconer’s bill through to its next stage in parliament for further debate. It is unlikely to make it into law because of a lack of time, but David Cameron, while “unconvinced” of the arguments, has said he is open to a similar debate in the Commons.

The House of Lords cannot pass laws; only the House of Commons can do that. The present government seems opposed to this law reform, thus not likely to grant time in the Commons. This parliament has been debating this issue on and off since l936 !

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World Federation of Right to Die Societies, 20th Conference

Dignity . Control . Choice

SEPTEMBER 17-21, 2014
See the new web page for the World Conference in Chicago:


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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s suicide pact has been extended to cover any life-threatening condition, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

“If I can’t live my life the way I’m living it now – and I don’t mean financially – then that’s it…[Switzerland],” he said.

“If I can’t get up and go to the bathroom myself and I’ve got tubes up my ass and an enema in my throat, then I’ve said to Sharon, ‘Just turn the machine off.’

“If I had a stroke and was paralysed I don’t want to be here. I’ve made a will and it’s all going to Sharon if I die before her, so ultimately it will all go to the kids.”

Sharon Osbourne wrote in her 2007 memoir that the couple had agreed to go to assisted dying organisation, Dignitas, should either of them suffer from the common form of dementia.

Now, Ozzy has said that their agreement came about after his near-fatal quad bike accident in 2003, which left the musician seriously injured.

The musician has battled with drink and drug-related issues for years, but is now sober, thanks to the support of his wife.

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