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Talk about odd distribution of vaccines to combat the pandemic! All my family in England (regardless of age) have received both their shots. My family in France — no signs of shots coming at all. I have received one shot (Moderna) this week on account of being over 80 in Oregon, USA.

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The significance of obituaries I’m a daily scanner of the obituaries in the four newspapers that I read  in USA and UK (all now online, unfortunately.)  Why this obsession? True, at 90 I’m on the cusp of life and death myself, yet the instinct to study the lives of others recently deceased goes longer and […]

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Here is a document about CHOICES in the event of severe novel coronavirus illness. Think it over carefully. It is not legally enforceable, but might be a useful guide to hospital staffs. April 2020 My Choices If I Become Sick in the COVID Pandemic Choose only one in each group of three. Location MEDICAL FACILITY: […]

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Many of us who support the right to choose at life’s end will sympathize with this letter to the editor of the New York Times from Final Exit Network published on April 2, 2020. To the Editor: “I Love the World, but I Cannot Stay,” by Mary Pipher (Sunday Review, March 8), captures a sentiment […]

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Do you want to leave after 90 years? Interesting argument developing in the UK (See report below.) This has also been a debate in the Netherlands. …….. On April 16 Michael Irwin gave a talk at the Cornerstone Centre, in Brighton and Hove, a city on the south coast of the UK, on – ‘When […]

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By Derek Humphry What’s in a word? Is saying ‘suicide’ as in ‘assisted suicide’ preferable, or is it better to use an euphemism like ‘assisted dying’? From the start in l980 we at the Hemlock Society always bluntly called the medical helping to die procedures ‘physician-assisted suicide’ and, when carried out alone, ‘self-deliverance’. We stressed […]

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It’s been 24 years since Oregon citizens passed the Death With Dignity Act and ten years since Washington state passed a similar law providing medical assisted dying under tight guidelines. Altogether, seven US states now have an Oregon-type law. The latest, Hawaii, takes effect next year. That’s a big step forward and important help to […]

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This is surely a sign of changing times….. Out of 9,200 essays submitted for the New York Times 2018 Student Editorial Contest, an essay on physician-assisted suicide in America was a runner-up. You can read it at this site: A Peaceful Passing by Elina Niyazov, age 19 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/learning/runners-up-from-our-fifth-annual-student-editorial-contest.html

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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 […]

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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/euthanasia-pro-and-con/id1132910035?mt=2 Podcast by ” Euthanasia: Pro and Con ” on iTunes 1 Episode 4. Derek Humphry: author of Final Exit, the handbook Derek Humphry an American journalist, author 7/21/2016 Free View In iTunes 2 Ep.3. Margaret Somerville: Professor, McGill University Margaret Somerville is a Samuel Gale Professor 7/9/2016 Free View In iTunes 3 Episode 2. […]

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