More than 2,000 people have received medically prescribed doses of barbiturates to kill themselves in Switzerland over the past 10 years, according to figures kept by the three main right-to-die organizations. So-called assisted suicide is legal there as long as the agencies that arrange death do so for “honorable reasons,” without seeking profit, although they […]
Monthly Archive for February, 2006
Posted in Publications/InternetMedia on Feb 25th, 2006
The archives for blog posts from Jan 2005 to Jan 2006 are still available on the previous blog website located at http://self-deliverance.blogspot.com. They will be kept on that blogsite until we are able to migrate those posts over to this new blog site.
Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article (Feb. 15, 2006) about Ted Goodwin of Final Exit Network (president) and the work of the Final Exit Network. To learn about ERGO, go to www.finalexit.org
The Japan Society for Dying with Dignity in its latest newsletter reports that membership now totals 109,587 making it the largest such organization in the world.
While broadcasting on ‘Air America’ today, writer and satirist Al Franken frequently referred to the Hemlock Society as if it still existed. In fact, it committed ‘corporate suicide’ in 2003, first by changing its name and then merging with another, smaller organization. I have referred to this as ‘the mouse who swallowed the cat.’ In […]
AIR AMERICA on choice in dying The noted commentator and satirist Al Franken and author Derek Humphry will be discussing right to die issues together on Air America radio tomorrow (Friday, 17 Feb 06). The national broadcast is live from Eugene, Oregon, from noon to 3PM (EST) & 9AM to noon (PST). Derek Humphry’s interview […]
NOVEMBER OF THE SOUL There is a new book just out about the history and complexity of suicide which contains, from pages 359 to 452, extensive reportage and commentary on the right-to-die issue Part 5 of this large book (paperback) deals with, for instance: The Hemlock Society Caring Friends Compassion in Dying Final Exit Network […]
The 2005 annual report of ‘Compassion and Choices of Oregon’ reports the following interesting details. This Oregon organization is the nonprofit group that acts as the steward of the unique Death With Dignity Act (1994) which permits physician-assisted suicide under certain conditions. (Oregon is the only USA state which allows this.) When the report refers to ‘medication’ it usually means nine grams of Seconal which is consumed orally.
About 400 cases of euthanasia were reported in Belgium last year, up from 200 cases four years ago, according to new figures. Some one third of assisted suicides are the result of a surgical procedure. In some cases, medical treatment is stopped or not started at all, said Wim Distelmans, chairman of Belgium’s euthanasia evaluation […]
‘Final Exit’ on DVD, adapted from the bestselling book by Derek Humphry Shipping Now! • $20 + shipping Available only thru the ERGO-Store. Not available in bookstores. 2006 DVD (update of 2000 Final Exit VHS Video). Includes brand new footage demonstrating helium bag method. Graphics and and titles illustrating helium tank setup and step-by-step procedures […]