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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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IMPROVING THE OREGON ASSISTED DYING LAW At the first public meeting in Florence on June 10, 2018, of the new organization END-OF-LIFE OPTIONS IN OREGON, twenty people attended and there was lively discussion. The following addition drafted by Derek Humphry to the existing Oregon Death With Dignity Act l997 was put forward and debated. It […]

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A MEETING WORTH ATTENDING If you happen to be within easy reach of the pleasant Oregon seaside town of FLORENCE this coming Sunday (10 June), around lunchtime, you could pop into the local library and hear what changes need to be made to the OREGON DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT, which became law in 1998 I […]

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This article in The Washington Post on 11 March 2018 is the opening gambit in an important campaign to make doctor-assisted-dying more widely available. I have always supported such changes:- In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die by Rob Kuznia, Washington Post LOS ANGELES — Shortly after she was […]

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The Hawai‘i House Committees on Health and Human Services and on Judiciary PASSED a Death with Dignity bill, sending it to the full House of Representatives for a vote, likely on March 5. It wasn’t even close: the 4-1 and 7-1 votes, respectively, in favor of HB 2739, Our Care, Our Choice Act, show the […]

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Here’s something we did not know until now: Since the Dutch euthanasia law came into force in 2002, Dutch doctors have helped over 49,000 people to die through euthanasia or physician assisted suicide (PAS). Although euthanasia and PAS remain criminal acts in the Netherlands, doctors are not prosecuted if the due care criteria of the […]

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This is a stage play which I recommend you try to attend if you are in the London UK area on the dates. It is a searing story of an merciful assisted suicide which landed the compassionate person in prison. I did some of the research for the script.– Derek H …. My mother, the […]

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HOW THE ASSISTED DYING LAW GOT TO CANADA Canadian newsletter editor Ruth von Fuchs has produced a big catching-up issue. Its 9-page feature article is “The MAID Chronicles, or How We Got Here From There”. Columns include “Food For Thought”, “What We’ve Been Up To” and “Practicalities”. Here is the link to print: http://www.righttodie.ca/RTDSC-N_4-3_to_9-4.pdf

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The Swiss group DIGNITAS has survived many controversial battles, now takes it fight for choices in dying further abroad. EDITORIAL NOVEMBER 2017 newsletter of DIGNITAS, Switzerland: Freedom of choice in one’s life and at life’s end is a human right. In 1998, the non-profit association DIGNITAS – To live with dignity – To die with […]

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From The Lancet Book Reviews: “Good Life, Good Death” Review by Talha Khan Burki Published: May 2017 Derek Humphry used a cocktail of codeine and secobarbital to end his wife’s life. The cancer had spread from her breast into her bones and organs. Jean Humphry had reached a stage at which the merest movement threatened […]

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