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Following Australia’s censorship ban on anything to do with euthanasia or assisted suicide appearing on the internet, I guessed that it was only a matter of time before a similar clamp-down would be tried elsewhere. Britain now appears to be the next target of the extreme right wingers. Prime Minister Brown has also spoken out […]

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Hillary Clinton told the editorial board of the Eugene Register-Guard Q: What’s your attitude toward Oregon’s assisted suicide law? A: I believe it’s within the province of the states to make that decision. I commend Oregon on this count, as well, because whether I agree with it or not or think it’s a good idea […]

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The simultaneous deaths of the writer Hugo Claus in Belgium and Chantal Sébire in France are a demonstration that our goal is not the choice between life and death,but between 2 different ways of dying. Hugo Claus was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and decided to leave on his own terms at the moment he chose and […]

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What happened to the pioneering right-to-die group When Gerald Larue and Derek Humphry entered the Los Angeles Press Club on 12 August 1980 to announce to the world the formation of the Hemlock Society, there were many doubters that it could last. After all, it was the only organization in America currently saying that assisted […]

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The Golden Gate Bridge operators in San Francisco have put up a web site to invite comments on the placement of a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge: www.ggbsuicidebarrier.org Some have commented that a suicide barrier should not be placed because, just as women have the right to decide if they should give birth, […]

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Welcome Back Dr. Kevorkian In a June 1st MSNBC editorial, Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, called Dr. Jack Kevorkian a “dangerous killer.” Melody Youk, wife of Thomas Youk, whose Kevorkian-assisted suicide was broadcast on “60 Minutes,” said, “I don’t consider it murder. I consider it humane.” Youk’s mother and brothers agree. […]

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By Derek Humphry The release of Dr Jack Kevorkian is welcome news. He has suffered the eight years of imprisonment with calm and fortitude and deserves a peaceful retirement. But the thought he might have any influence on further developments does not make any sense. And while we are currently among the media circus surrounding […]

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ONE in five people will die a “shameful death” alone, ravaged by dementia and without dignity, new British research claims. A book by sociology professor Allan Kellehear, A Social History Of Dying, argues this kind of death would be considered “shameful” by previous generations. In a bleak portrait of death in the 21st century, the […]

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A NEW WAY TO SECURE THE RIGHT TO DIE: LAWS AGAINST CAUSING PREMATURE DEATH SYNOPSIS: Most recent attempts to secure the right to die have focused on adding provisions to the health-care sections of our laws so that physicians could prescribe life-ending drugs to be taken by the patient when he or she chooses to […]

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The Daily Herald in Utah posed this question: Should the state allow an inmate to waive his death sentence appeals because he is chronically ill and wants to end his misery, as in assisted suicide? U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell was confronted with that question when Ronnie Lee Gardner said he is suffering too much […]

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