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Re today’s New York Times lead article “Assisted suicide now legal in 5 states”

This article, while welcome, has two shortcomings in my view:
It fails to point out that there are four groups in the USA campaigning (in different ways) for the right to choose how to die when at life’s end.

True, Compassion & Choices is the largest because it absorbed the Hemlock Society in 2003, but there is also the Death With Dignity National Center, the Final Exit Network, and Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO)
Each group is doing vital work in this important field.

In my view the article was blemished by the last two paragraphs referring to the very worst ways in which a person could end life
when the reporter wrote : “may resort to what some call a “chemical suicide,” mixing household chemicals to produce a deadly cloud of hydrogen sulfide gas and leaving behind a toxic mess. He is also pondering a heroin overdose.”
It’s against such dangerous ways of dying that the four groups are fighting.

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