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Nowadays it’s fashionable to use euphemisms for elderly suicide, self- deliverance and doctor-assisted suicide. Old age self-killing is now called the ‘completed life’.

The arguments for and against are already laid out in dozens of articles and books, almost entirely by academics and physicians (see Google). Thus, I will summarize mine as a lay person:

For a person over 70 who has declining health and scant happiness it is logical to end their life if they so wish. Each person must decide for themselves, not go with a trend or somebody else’s persuasion.

Suicide in not a crime, nor is it such a disgrace as it was in older times, provided there is a reason.

I think this reason for leaving life should not be sanctioned or advocated or practiced by groups.

Life is a personal responsibility, thus whether a person hangs on to the inevitable end depends on individual medical circumstances, personal ethics and each person’s quality Continue Reading »

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An interesting contrast:

Watching the Tour de France on TV where EVERYBODY in the 100s of spectators over 100s of miles is masked.

Pandemic is bad in France as in the USA.

Seeing the big Trump rallies in Nevada (very hot) there is NOBODY masked and no distancing! Suicidal!

I wonder if these Trump supporters will decline to have vaccinations when they arrive?

Anthony Lester, a London lawyer, who often fought cases concerning right-to-die issues has died. When on the Sunday Times staff in the l960s and l970s I often worked with him – a remarkable man – on campaigns. Following are two extracts from a lengthy obituary in The Times of 10 August 2020:

Extract 1 from the Times Obituary:
Lester, who was once described as “an old-style advocate of the Rolls-Royce school”, spent a lifetime campaigning for equality and free speech. He was the godfather of much of the legislation, playing a pivotal role in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976, and introducing the civil partnership legislation in 2004.

Extract 2 :
Lester’s other notable cases included the 1993 ruling in which doctors were permitted to stop feeding Tony Bland, a victim of the Hillsborough disaster who was in a persistent vegetative state; acting for Diane Blood, who successfully fought to bear her dead husband’s children; and acting on behalf of Annie Lindsell, a terminally ill woman who in 1997 sought to give her GP the legal right to assist her suicide.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill, UK,QC, barrister, was born on July 3, 1936. He died of heart disease on August 8, 2020, aged 84
Full obit. at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/lord-lester-of-herne-hill-obituary-vqdkf0pn0

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Like many others, I’m asked regularly whether certain drug sellers are scams. Particularly Nembutal. Now Dr. Phillip Nitsche has done something about these fraudsters.

For many years, Exit International has published a list of online Nembutal scams in The Peaceful Pill eHandbook in order to warn readers (& the general public) not to waste their money attempting to buy Nembutal online.

Nembutal Scammers operate fake websites, fake email addresses, fake phone numbers, fake forums, fake Social Media profiles (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc).

Dr.Nitschke lists about 30 of the known scammers.

Visit www.NembutalScams.com

There find a list of scammers and to add your own experience of cheating.

You might like to take a look at my video on YouTube re my latest book (Ebook) at

https://www.youtube.com/the final exit
It concerns thoughtful advance planning about the end of life.

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An 89-year-old doctor, seriously ill, wrote this comment:

“I am reading Derek Humphry’s “Final Exit.” It is a wonderful book. It should be required reading in medical school. The topic should be discussed in medical school. The style reminds me of Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” my kind of book, clear thinking, easy to understand.”

Visit: https://www.finalexit.org/ergo-store

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MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR, NEW YORK TIMES 11 June 2020

The Protesters Know the Future is Bleak

To the Editor:
The amount of protesters across America is staggering. While George Floyd’s murder was the trigger, the underlying cause is that people under 40 are worried about climate change, pollution, the widening gap between rich and poorer, and the current mess our democracy is in.

In my 90 years I’ve observed some terrible things, but the future for our young generations is bleaker, and they sense it.

Derek Humphry, Junction City, Oregon

The writer is an activist for legal assisted dying for the terminally ill. (The NYT added this note)

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Of interest to lovers of history and literature:

– On April 26, 1564, in the parish register of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, the vicar, John Bretchgirdle, recorded the baptism of ‘Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere.’ A few months later the vicar noted the death of an apprentice weaver, scribbling in the margins ‘hic incipit pestis’ (here begins the plague). That epidemic took the lives of a fifth of the town. Baby Will Shakespeare and family were spared.

Shakespeare, a shareholder, actor and principal playwright in his company, grappled with these closures. In one five-year period London’s theaters were unlikely to have been open for more than nine months. And yet the plague is rarely mentioned in his plays and poems. Yes, the mortally wounded Mercutio calls ‘A plague on both your houses’ on the feuding Capulets and Montagues, and Lear deems daughter Goneril ‘a plague-sore…in my corrupted blood.’ So no plague play, but we’re glad the Bard dodged the virus and survived to write a few decent dramas. (Part-lifted from the New Yorker, May 2020.)

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Derek Humphry’s new ebook, “Final Exit 2020”
is getting response throughout the world. Orders for the download include customers from Moscow,
Zagreb, Oslo, Tokyo, Sydney, Paris and London.
Most of the orders are from North American people who want the updated version of the original l991 New York Times bestseller, the first book to describe self-deliverance from a terminal or hopeless illness. Profits from the ebook go to right-to-die organizations..
Visit the ERGO Bookstore at this secure site:

https://www.finalexit.org/ergo-store

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Reached 90 years old today!
Ninety! Through a combination of good luck (in the Blitz at age 10-11 etc), never smoking and good medical care. (Heart surgeries l997 and 2019.) Still mobile but slower. Will press on and see how far it goes!

You all stay carefully safe and well in these troubled times.

. Derek Humphry, Oregon (Citizen US/UK)
Email: ergo@finalexit.org
See my books at
https://www.finalexit.org/ergo-store

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