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The blog of the Oxford University Press August 22, 2017, printed this article about free speech and the right-to-die movement: Is advocating suicide a crime under the First Amendment? Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws: Examining Current Approaches to Suicide in Policy and Law By Susan Stefan Two different cases raising similar issues about advocating suicide may […]

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Attorney Robert Rivas posted in Final Exit Network web page: “The Scotusblog (“Scotus” = Supreme Court of the United States), a blog by experts in the Scotus, has selected Final Exit Network’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari as its featured “Petition of the Day” for July 27, 2017. Scotusblog says its “Petition of the […]

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PRESS RELEASE ** Final Exit Network Appeals Minnesota Conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court WASHINGTON, D.C. — Final Exit Network has petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a 2015 Minnesota conviction, saying Minnesota violated its First Amendment-protected right to freedom of speech. The Florida-based non-profit corporation, Final Exit Network, Inc., was […]

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BOOK REVIEW in the Final Exit Network’s newsletter, May 2017 Good Life, Good Death (Carrel Books, New York) by Derek Humphry Review by Huck DeVenzio When I saw this book I wanted to like it so I could write a favorable review. After all, it was by and about a most influential figure in the […]

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SOCIAL CHANGE TAKES TIME It is a remarkable and encouraging statement of the real progress that the world right-to-die movement has made that today’s Sunday New York Times front page lead story is about doctor-assisted suicide, or doctor-assisted dying, whichever you like to call it. This article concerns Canada where, as with the arrival of […]

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Physician-assisted suicides up in the Netherlands Cases of euthanasia are reportedly on the rise in the Netherlands. A total 6,091 cases were registered last year ? a 10% rise compared to 2015. As reported by Dutch News online, euthanasia now accounts for 4% of total deaths. Meanwhile, the regional monitoring boards said the rules for […]

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FEN takes Death with Dignity case to the U.S. Supreme Court The Board of Directors of Final Exit Network has authorized an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States from the corporation’s conviction in Minnesota on a charge of “assisting” in a “suicide.” On Tuesday, March 14, the Supreme Court of Minnesota declined […]

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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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