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Interesting stats from Switzerland appear to show that suicide is mostly carried out by men, the majority of women use assisted suicide.

Last year, some 10,078 new members joined the euthanasia organization Exit, the group announced. The number of actual assisted suicides went down slightly, whilst the average age of Exit members rose.

At the end of December 2017, the organization had 110,391 members in German-speaking Switzerland and in Ticino, according to the figures in the press release external link. Last year, 734 people ended their lives using Exit’s services, compared with 723 the previous year.

The number of requests from Continue Reading »

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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
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My mother, the jailed mercy killer: Marigold Hotel writer Deborah Moggach reveals how her mum helped take the life of an elderly woman

By Mark Wood For The Mail On Sunday, London, 3 Feb.2018

Novelist Deborah Moggach tackles all aspects of life in her bestselling books, but there is one shocking story she has never written about – how her mother helped take the life of an elderly woman.

The case of Charlotte Hough, also a writer, became a cause celebre in the mid-1980s. She was jailed for assisting a lonely 83-year-old spinster to take her own life at the woman’s care home, supplying sleeping pills and ultimately holding a plastic bag over her head.

In today’s Event magazine Moggach, who wrote These Foolish Things, which was turned into the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, says she could never write about her mother’s harrowing story – but she has given her blessing to a new play about it, called The Promise.

She expects the drama to reopen the debate on assisted suicide, adding: ‘Mum would have liked the thought it might get us all talking.’

Moggach, 69, reveals that her mother told her about her actions immediately afterwards. ‘I did applaud her bravery, but I was aware she could get into trouble for it,’ she says.

It may have been more than three decades ago, but Deborah Moggach remembers seeing the headline that her mum had been charged with murder like it was yesterday

THE PROMISE is at the New Diorama Theatre, London on Feb 21, 23 & 24
newdiorama.com

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It’s one thing to pass a law, but does is work out in practice? This report is depressing:

Terminally ill patients can now legally choose to end their lives in California, but family members say taking advantage of the new policy is easier said than done.

California’s End of Life Option Act, authored by Democratic Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman, has been in effect since June 2016. Eggman recently invited family members whose loved ones had tried to use the new law to testify at a hearing.

Kelly Davis of San Diego spoke about helping her sister Betsy Davis exercise her right to die. She said it mostly worked out, but they hit a roadblock acquiring the lethal dose of medication her sister’s doctor had prescribed.

“We called numerous pharmacies with no success — nobody had it, or they weren’t willing to provide the quantity Betsy needed,” Kelly Davis said. “One pharmacy said they would draw the attention of the FDA if they were to provide amount of Seconal she needed.”

Instead, Betsy Davis died peacefully after drinking a mix of medications that her sister described as a “toxic sludge.”

Other families had different problems. They couldn’t find doctors to prescribe the medication, or staff treating their loved ones in care facilities wouldn’t talk about the law at all.

The strict requirements sometimes block patients from being able to choose death. Under the law, patients must have six months or less to live, be of sound mind, and be able to ask for the medication themselves and be able to administer it without help. Doctors aren’t required to counsel patients about the option or write prescriptions for aid-in-dying drugs.

The most recent report from the state health department shows that 258 people started the voluntary end-of-life option process in 2016, 191 of them received prescriptions, and more than half chose to ingest the lethal medication. Most of them were white adults over age 60.

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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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Derek Humphry memoir now at sensible book price

When “Good Life, Good Death”, Derek’s account of his early life, then what caused him to start the Hemlock Society USA in 1980, at the same time kick-starting the American right-to-choose-to-die movement, was published in New York last year it was priced at $34.95. An impossible price!

Now ERGO Bookstore has achieved a discounted price, enabling us to sell it to you for $10.00.

A handsome hardback of 352 large-type pages, all copies are autographed by the author. They can also be inscribed personally to you upon request.
“Good Life, Good Death” by Derek Humphry, with a foreword by Stephen Jamison.

16 photographs, plus informative appendices. $10.00 plus $6.00 shipping.
Free to public libraries upon request.
ISBN-13: 978-1631440663
ISBN-10: 1631440667

Order from www.finalexit.org/ergo-store

NU-TECH 2017 CONFERENCE REPORT
[NuTech is short for New Technologies in Self-Deliverance]
After many months of planning, NuTech 2017 was held in Toronto on the weekend of 28 – 29 October. For the first time, the conference was open to more participants than simply those who attended in person in the studio.

Living up to its name, NuTech used live-streaming technology to hold a truly international conference across the world’s time zones. Presenters came from the US, Lithuania, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and Canada. Those attending were exposed to exciting new ideas and paradigms for ‘self-deliverance’.

The program was opened by Final Exit author and Hemlock Society founder Derek Humphry. Derek presented Continue Reading »

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE FINAL EXIT NETWORK:
Join us! Dying in the Americas 2018 conference
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV

Benefactors and supporters of the right to die movement invite you to attend Dying in the Americas 2018, a conference dedicated to understanding the handicaps in the success of death with dignity in all of the Americas with a focus on how we can learn from our counterparts in Canada, Latin America, and the U.S.

What will the future hold? Is there a way to have death with dignity without changing our laws? What are our options for expanding laws to serve those who do not fall within current U.S. laws? Is there hope that we can follow in the footsteps of Canada? How can we all achieve a peaceful death?

This conference is sponsored by benefactors, a bequest in honor of David Denton, PhD, and support from the board of Final Exit Network.
Discounted conference and hotel registration rates will end on January 14, 2018. Space is limited for the conference and hotel room block (you must complete conference registration in order to be eligible for hotel registration).

Everyone interested in this important topic will benefit. Hear from new and important voices in the movement. Learn from each other with the hope of framing the future with new and visionary ideas from health care, religious, and legal professionals. We invite you to join the conversation.

Help us come up with ideas for the future – based on current information, new knowledge, and visionary plans. And most of all, meet like-minded individuals dedicated to the right to a death with dignity Continue Reading »

This first right-to-die law just passed in Australia is a welcome break-through, but will it work in a smooth manner?

I’ve not yet had chance to read the Victoria law, but according to BBC World News, three doctors have to sign off on the proposed assisted dying, and then it goes before a board for final approval.

This sounds unworkable; anyway, why should such a personal, important quality of life decision go before a board of strangers? These procedures could take up the time the poor patient has left!
We shall see.

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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 dignity was born from this conviction.

The European Court of Human Rights backs this principle. Nevertheless, professionally accompanied suicide is still prohibited in many countries. In this way, legislation deprives people of their right to self-determination, which they are entitled to as free and mature citizens.

Our goal is to change this. It takes time and perseverance. As long as in many countries accompanied suicide is still prohibited, members of DIGNITAS have the possibility, under certain prerequisites, to end their lives in dignity and self-determination in Switzerland.

Freedom must not only be fought for, but it must be defended again and again. — www.dignitas.ch

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It continues to help

FINAL EXIT sales stats on Amazon Books 11.11.17

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#1 in Books > Law > Estate Planning > Living Wills
#1 in Books > Law > Health & Medical Law > Right to Die
#15 in Books > Self-Help > Death & Grief > Suicide
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