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Betty Rollin’s husband wanted physician-assisted dying but being in New York he could not have it. The New York Tines obituary on him said, in part: Harold Edwards, known by his large circle of friends as Ed, died of colon cancer on November 10 at 84 at his home in New York City. He was […]

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People are constantly asking what is the situation on doctor-assisted dying for the terminally ill in the USA. The legal scholar Thaddeus Pope has published a new and insightful article on the state-to-state differences for medical aid in dying. This is an abstract: Medical Aid in Dying: Key Variations Among U.S. State Laws Thaddeus Mason […]

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Progress towards wider medical assisted choice in dying at life’s end…… With bipartisan backing, New Zealand has just passed a progressive law. Now, beginning on Nov. 6 of next year, doctors will be able to legally prescribe a lethal dose of medicine to patients suffering from terminal illnesses. “What a great day to be a […]

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MY OPINION 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sir Keir Starmer, who was the UK Director of Public Prosecutions in 2009 when, for the first time, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the criteria for the prosecution – or otherwise — of persons who had assisted a suicide, has been elected Leader of the Labour Party in Britain. Although the action remains a possible […]

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The Encyclopedia Britannica recently asked me to name the four most important dates in my campaign for choices in dying at life’s end. This was my reply: 1980 Derek Humphry founded the Hemlock Society USA in Los Angeles, the first group in US to advocate self-deliverance and medical assisted dying at the end of life. […]

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