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The newest Death with Dignity law, the Colorado End of Life Options Act, went into effect 17 December 2016, after Governor Hickenlooper signed it into law. Colorado thus becomes the 5th state with an assisted dying statute. Qualified terminally ill Coloradans may now legally request and obtain medication to hasten their death.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Reuters) – A California judge on Friday refused to suspend a new state law allowing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, citing the need to protect them from pain, but he allowed a legal challenge to proceed. The mixed ruling portends a continued debate over the highly contested law in the first months […]

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Canada has at long last passed a doctor-assisted suicide law for the advanced terminally ill (06.10.16). New law does not include persons with degenerative illnesses, old age, handicap or mental health problems. It is similar to the laws already on the West Coast of US — after various guidelines and waiting periods, a doctor can […]

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The program on international euthanasia which the VICE organization has been making for the last year will appear on HBO this Friday evening, February 19, 2016 VICE airs on Friday nights at 11:00 PM ET/PT immediately following Real Time with Bill Maher. Some HBO channels at 8.30 pm. TITLE : The Right to Die From […]

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From today, there is an updated edition of Final Exit ebook to mark its 25 years in print. Final Exit ‘Digital Edition’ v.3.2 (eBook) The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying by Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society • v.3.2 – Revised 3rd edition / 25th Anniversary Edition • eBook PDF […]

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DutchNews NL reported 20 January 2016: Euthanasia requests for severe dementia patients rejected None of the 26 requests for euthanasia for people with very severe dementia made to a special Dutch clinic were carried out, according to a report in medical magazine Medisch Contact. Between January 1 2012 and May 1 2015, official guardians made […]

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There is a fine and thoughtful cover article in the current February edition of the magazine MOTHER JONES. MY RIGHT TO DIE: Assisted suicide, My family, and Me by Kevin Drum It is now on bookstalls and at this web site http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/assisted-suicide-legalization-california-kevin-drum But it has one disappointing flaw in the last six paragraphs. Writer Drum […]

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Press release from the Final Exit Network Dear Fellow Right-to-Die Supporters: Books have the power to encourage and advance change. But only rarely does a book, by itself, establish a new civil liberty and start a movement to achieve it. Such a book is Derek Humphry’s Final Exit. The notion that people had a right […]

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BY FRANK KAVANAUGH, PH.D. After many teasers and disappointments for doctors and patients, an important change is in the cards. Medicare will start compensating physicians for end-of-life dialogues with their patients effective Jan. 1, 2016. No longer will these urgent appointments be scheduled under the guise of addressing some other issue. Without payment, doctors have […]

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Terminally ill Californians can now exercise their right to die with dignity. On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law, just a few weeks after the state Assembly and Senate approved the bill in a special session. California is the fifth U.S. state to authorize aid in dying — […]

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