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Jean’s Way: A Love Story’ is a moving account of assisted dying between a married couple, best read on KINDLE because it is short and pithy. Translated into 8 languages, but only in English on Kindle.
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Various forms of medical assisted dying have been approved in the following states and nations. Each law has its own limits, rules and guidelines. All but Switzerland forbid foreigners this type of help to die. Only Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium permit chosen death via doctor lethal injection; all others are by doctor prescription which the patient drinks. A policy statement in England gives clear guidance when helping another to die would not be prosecuted, but there is no law.

Switzerland l940
Oregon 1994
Colombia l997
The Netherlands 2002
Belgium 2002
Washington 2008
Luxembourg 2009
Montana 2009 (court ruling only)
England & Wales 2010 (prosecution policy statement only. No law.)
Vermont 2014
Quebec 2015
California 2016
Canada 2016
Colorado 2016
Washington DC 2017
Hawaii 2019
New Jersey 2019
Victoria (Australia) 2019

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By Derek Humphry
What’s in a word? Is saying ‘suicide’ as in ‘assisted suicide’ preferable, or is it better to use an euphemism like ‘assisted dying’?

From the start in l980 we at the Hemlock Society always bluntly called the medical helping to die procedures ‘physician-assisted suicide’ and, when carried out alone, ‘self-deliverance’. We stressed that we were talking purely about end-of-life choices when terminal, not self-killing for other reasons.

The Associated Press, one of the world’s largest news agencies,has a standing policy of always using ‘assisted suicide’ and forbids Continue Reading »

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This is a step in the right direction, if only it covered more medical conditions.
New Jersey is poised to become the eighth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives after a vote Monday that for years had eluded supporters of the so-called right-to-die movement.

With the Legislature narrowly approving the Medical Aid in Dying for the
Terminally Ill Act
, the bill now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who pledged his support.

“Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do. I look forward to signing this legislation into law,” Murphy said in
a statement.

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Fraudsters have created a fake Derek Humphry Facebook account, and are using FaceBook Messenger with my name to send messages with offers of big money. Beware. Total fraud.

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It has always been a puzzle that the UK has made
no progress in choices-in-dying legislation despite many other countries have done so. Since 1936 there have about 12 attempts at law reform in the Westminster parliament — all failed. And this is supposed to be the ‘mother of democracies’!
Reading the new opinion poll underlines the gap:

More than 90% of the UK’s population believes assisted dying should be legalized for those suffering from terminal illnesses, according to an opinion poll that shows growing support for change to the law.

A survey carried out by the campaign group My Death, My Decision (MDMD) also found that 88% of respondents considered it acceptable for dementia sufferers to receive help to end their lives, provided they consented before losing their mental capacity.

The results have been released as the Royal College of Physicians polls its members in March on whether they back a change to the ban on the right to die.

The MDMD poll was conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and involved 2,500 respondents. A previous survey carried out by Dignity in Dying in 2015 found that 82% of people supported assisted dying.

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Amazon.com ranking for “Final Exit’ on 02/13/2019 :

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#1 in Books > Law > Health & Medical Law > Right to Die
#1 in Books > Law > Estate Planning > Living Wills
#41 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Sociology > Death

‘Final Exit’ is also available — with 2019 Addendum and signed by author Derek Humphry — at

Paperback or E-Book pdf download. And on KINDLE.

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This spring, Oregon legislators will debate updating and
improving the l998 OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT, which was a landmark in its day but many think needs modifications, especially to include degenerative illnesses (now only terminal illness). This letter makes the point:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR of the Eugene Register-Guard, Oregon
11 February 2019

Many Oregonians still not able to die a dignified death

In August of 2018, I found my significant other of 24 years lying in the backyard. He had shot himself in the head with a .38-caliber pistol about a month before his 80th birthday.

My partner had suffered with unbearable pain for more than two years after failed back surgery. He also had a number of other major medical issues. We had sought help from numerous physicians. We told professionals he was considering suicide to end his pain, but received NO help other than prescription drugs, which gave him little relief with debilitating side effects. The doctors, lining their pockets, just passed him around, collecting their fees but doing nothing for him.

He had expressed his desire to die with dignity, but he was not terminal. He suffered with pain at Continue Reading »

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Be advised that there are some web sites which are
stealing bits of genuine information from reputed ‘right-to-die’ organizations (such as ERGO, Final Exit, Exit International, Exit Scotland) and telling teenagers — notably in the UK — how to commit suicide.
Google is good about removing these offensives web
sites once it is informed, but sometimes it is too late.
The rogue sites swiftly change their names or platforms.
The reputable choice in dying groups have always been
the suppliers of reliable background information for the advanced terminally ill and degeneratively ill competent adult.
Check up via
www.worldrtd.net for authentic international listings.

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The Guardian in London printed this lengthy article which is well worth taking the time to read…..

Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world’s euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences

By Christopher de Bellaigue
18 Jan 2019

Last year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying man’s bed. “They were drinking and guffawing and crying,” Keizer told me when I met him in Amsterdam recently. “It was boisterous. And I thought: ‘How am I going to cleave the waters?’ But the man knew exactly what to do. Suddenly he said, ‘OK, guys!’ and everyone understood. Everyone fell silent. The very small children were taken out of the room and I gave him his injection. I could have kissed him, because I wouldn’t have known how to break up the party.”

Keizer is one of around 60 physicians on the books of the Levenseindekliniek, or End of Life Clinic, which matches doctors willing to perform euthanasia with patients seeking an end to their lives, and which was responsible for the euthanasia of some 750 people in 2017. For Keizer, who was a philosopher before studying medicine…… SNIPPED….

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