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REITH LECTURE: AGING AND DYING I’ve known of (and heard some) of the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures since they began in l948. Therefore it was a surprise and pleasure on Tuesday night, on BBC world radio, to hear ASSISTED DYING freely discussed by Atul Gawande, American surgeon and author, who said he was in favor […]

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The Arizona Daily Star carried this opinion article on November 3, 2013 (D H writes: I have never pushed, or even suggested, for assisted suicide for mentally troubled people, as this headline and article imply. Terminal or hopeless illness is my field. It is sufferers and journalists who constantly put the ‘mental’ question to me […]

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The Mirror in London printed this article by Dr Irwin on 19 August 2013: Euthanasia: The right to die should be a matter of personal choice Retired GP Michael Irwin is patron of the British Humanist Association and coordinator of the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS) ==== We are able to choose all […]

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Re: United States v. Sharlotte Hydorn Victims Rights and Restitution Act If you are one of those persons who recently received a ‘victim letter’ from the US Department of Justice in connection with Ms Sharlotte Hydorn, of California, who used to supply helium hood kits upon request, I suggest that you respond to it this […]

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Andrew Barkley writes to ERGO: I’m an author and someone living with a critical illness. I’ve recently written a poem in support of ‘dignity in dying’. Ode to Life – TIME Life is retiring me, how am I to cope? Futile now it seems, my last lifeline of hope What is to become of me, […]

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Martin Amis, the British novelist, has called for euthanasia booths in every street corner for pensioners to end their lives. Britain is facing a demographic timebomb as its ageing population places an impossible burden on society, the controversial writer claimed. Anti-euthanasia campaigners reacted with horror to the call for ‘death booths’ for pensioners and branded […]

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You can view a list of my books, from l972 through 2008, at this Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000AQ1V2K Also, my memoir “Good Life, Good Death” is now on Kindle or at the ERGO Bookstore

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For legal reasons, I cannot give advice on many questions that subscribers pose except for that information already contained in my book ‘Final Exit’ 3rd edition, and its 2009 Addendum, which are protected under the 1st Amendment right to free speech and subsequent court decisions on books. Seven people in America are currently under arrest […]

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Some of us in America are fascinated by the British reaction to Dr. Philip Nitschke’s current tour of Britain. I write as a citizen of the UK and USA and a ‘right to die’ watcher for 30 years. The British public is fed up with its government’s refusal to modify the laws on assisted suicide. […]

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The controversy over the right to die of Eluana Englaro is really a battle over religious beliefs and secondarily about the law of Italy. This case is being used as a football in a struggle for moral power by the Vatican over the rules of life and death. All over the world, people nowadays want […]

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