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Re today’s New York Times lead article “Assisted suicide now legal in 5 states” This article, while welcome, has two shortcomings in my view: It fails to point out that there are four groups in the USA campaigning (in different ways) for the right to choose how to die when at life’s end. True, Compassion […]

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In New Mexico on January 13, 2014, a trial-court-level judge rendered a decision that a physician could not be prosecuted on a charge of assisting in a suicide because the right of a terminally ill patient to his or her doctor’s assistance in death is a fundamental right with which the state cannot interfere. But […]

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In the listing of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990–1999, according the American Library Association, this ultimate how-to book is 29th: Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance And Assisted Suicide for the Dying – By Derek Humphry Now in its 22nd year of publication, it still sells daily around the world. Third edition, […]

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The Arizona Daily Star carried this opinion article on November 3, 2013 (D H writes: I have never pushed, or even suggested, for assisted suicide for mentally troubled people, as this headline and article imply. Terminal or hopeless illness is my field. It is sufferers and journalists who constantly put the ‘mental’ question to me […]

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In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia. Advocates argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their […]

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Maine has become the first state to allow the direct purchase of medications from foreign pharmacies, (so the Wall Street Journal reports) Drug manufacturers have filed a lawsuit, saying the move puts consumers at risk for counterfeit or tainted products. Maine’s governor counters, “It’s not a safety issue. It’s turf.” The potential for cost-savings is […]

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The number of people opting to die by euthanasia [in the Netherlands] rose by 13% last year to 4,188, according to the five regional committees charged with ensuring the legal conditions for assisted suicide are met. Euthanasia requests have risen steadily since 2006 when 1,923 people applied for assisted suicide. Researchers have been unable to […]

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In the current issue of THE HUMANIST magazine there is a fine article about a man with early stage Alzheimer’s taking his life with the guidance of the Final Exit Network. The End by: Nontheist Published in the September/October 2013 Humanist Extract: That final day had been a long time coming. John was a scientist—a […]

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A good many people who are interested in choices in dying are also seeking information about organ donation. Here is some useful information on the subject compiled by a colleague, John Abraham, in Arizona. He writes: I have long been a proponent of establishing body farms (not like the TN operation where bodies are left […]

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BUYERS BEWARE It is a sad fact that some people urgently needing lethal medications to relieve their terminal suffering are being cheated by overseas dealers using the internet. I am currently getting more reports of fraud than successes. In particular, Thailand is infamous for its phony drug trade; even ordinary, domestic medications are often diluted. […]

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