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Beware Religious Restrictions: Patients and Doctors Jun 26, 2022 | Barbara Morris MD MPA Patients may not be aware that their health care system is faith-based, and rarely understand the restrictions that their health systems have implemented — until they need this care. Read more: https://thegooddeathsocietyblog

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For  four decades, Derek Humphry has blazed a trail for the right-to-die movement. He founded the Hemlock Society, pioneered Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, and wrote the bestselling books Final Exit (more than one million copies sold) and Jean’s Way (a UK bestseller). In Good Life, Good Death, readers will learn how the twists and […]

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After 50 years of trying, New South Wales today passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act permitting doctors to help seriously ill people to die. Now all Australian states have similar laws, although the two ‘territorities’  (Northern Territory and ACT) cannot do so under the constitution — which may be changed in the near future.

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Governor Phil Scott has signed S.74 into law, amending Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying statute. Advocates for the changes said this would make the medical-aid-in-dying process more accessible for terminally ill Vermonters.  Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying law has been in effect since 2013. It set up a multi-step process to request a life-ending prescription for any patient with a prognosis […]

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U.K. lacks aid in dying laws -more suicides People with severe and potentially terminal health conditions are more than twice as likely to take their own lives than the general population, new data from the British Office for National Statistics (ONS) published today ( 20 April 2022) has indicated. The ONS examined suicide rates among […]

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Sisters Lila Ammouri 54, and Susan Frazier 49, from Arizona, US travelled to Basel Switzerland and died at the Pegasos clinic in Liestal on February 11, 2022. The sisters were members of Exit International, having joined the organization in October 2020. They subsequently joined Pegasos in March 2021. They sought information from Exit on ending their […]

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If interested in the debate over whether medical assisted dying should be extended beyond the only terminal adult, this long article in the Colorado Sun of 14 March is well worth reading: Denver doctor helped patients with severe anorexia obtain aid-in-dying medication, spurring national ethics debate A recent case study shocked psychiatrists across the country […]

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ALZHEIMER’S  — Ways to cope The hot-button issue of end of life choices available to a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia is coming up again in  March with the publication of a new book and it’s preview in ‘People’ magazine. If you would like to brief yourself on the various relevant […]

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Sunday’s Washington Post, looking at the future,  had commentary on the 1972 movie ‘SOYLENT GREEN’  and its predictions about the future of medical assisted dying.   Extract: Between the food shortages, staggering inequality, oppressive temperatures and stairwells lined with sleeping homeless people, life in “Soylent Green” isn’t a picnic. Perhaps that’s why authorities in the movie […]

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Choice in dying has long been progressive in Colombia, alone among South American countries. Reuters is reporting: Colombian Victor Escobar became the first person in the Andean country with a non-terminal illness to die by legally regulated euthanasia late on Friday, his lawyer Luis Giraldo confirmed. “We reached the goal for patients like me, who […]

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