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The Hastings Center has announced a significant research project: ‘Dementia and the Ethics of Choosing When to Die’ will focus on basic issues surrounding an individual’s ability to exercise end of life choices when suffering from dementia. Here’s a one significant paragraph extract from the announcement: In 2018, 5.7 million Americans were living with dementia. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Assisted suicide used to be a taboo subject but now, as VARIETY magazine reports, it’s a plot in a forthcoming TV comedy series! Progress? ‘Veep’ Star Timothy Simons to Develop Assisted-Suicide Comedy at HBO By Joe Otterson Variety has learned that the “Veep” star is developing a half-hour comedy at the premium cabler HBO titled […]

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Isn’t it amazing that in Minnesota nowadays you can obtain my book FINAL EXIT at bookstores or libraries but you break the law when you verbally tell a person its contents! The USA nonprofit advice group, FINAL EXIT NETWORK, out of Florida, has been fined $30,000 plus costs for advising a very sick woman who […]

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It’s been 24 years since Oregon citizens passed the Death With Dignity Act and ten years since Washington state passed a similar law providing medical assisted dying under tight guidelines. Altogether, seven US states now have an Oregon-type law. The latest, Hawaii, takes effect next year. That’s a big step forward and important help to […]

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Many, like me, were shocked when the news came out of South Africa on 19 September that the President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, Professor Sean Davison, had been arrested for the murder of his friend, 43-year old former doctor, Anrich Burger. Dr Burger became a quadriplegic after an accident in […]

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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 […]

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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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