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.
Dear Supporter of ERGO,
I know that you are being bombarded with appeals for financial support — some every day and currently also the usual end-of-year pleas.
ERGO (Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization) makes this one appeal a year. Founded in l993, we are tax-deductible 501c3.
What does this small group do? We issue several times a week this digest of world news concerning issues of choices in dying. (There are more than 3,000 subscribers.) We have an internet bookstore supplying quality literature and a blog. Thousands of newcomers consult our literature daily.
Because of the fame of our books (notably Final Exit and Jean’s Way) we receive phone calls and emails every day from people needing advice with end-of-life problems of their own or family.
We have no office and no staff, except volunteers. But there are expenses – utilities, postage, internet fees, outsourcing of some tasks such as technical support, printing, book-keeping and legal.
Right from when we were the Hemlock Society starting in l980, we have always had two missions: (1) fight for medical aid-in-dying laws; (2) provide factual and moral support for persons who have a compassionate reason to end their lives but no helpful law.
Please consider giving ERGO what help you can. Details in the box at the bottom of this email. Thank you.
Derek Humphry, president, ERGO (based in Oregon)
Snailmail to ERGO, 24829 Norris Lane, Junction City, OR 97448
To donate to nonprofit ERGO via internet:
This email reached ERGO today:
Thank you very much for your message and resources.
My dad was tremendously suffering (ALS, Leukemia, Diabetes, Arthritis,
and other health issues) and due to no physician-assisted suicide in
Minnesota, he shared that he needed to take things into his own hands
before he got so weak and incapacitated that he didn’t have any options…
Again, he was not depressed…and had so much meaning in his life and
quality intimate relationships. As you know, with ALS things ONLY get
He died yesterday by a self-inflicted gun shot to the head.
I know this is exactly what he wanted (obviously he wanted to go a more
dignified way…but there are not options)
Thank you for the wonderful work you folks are doing……Julia