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We’ve had an extraordinary demand for the book ‘Final Exit’ since it is mentioned in the movie NOMADLAND, (3 Oscars 2021) thus delivery will be slower than usual — but certain….the publishers have had to go back to press. Derek Humphry is the author, not Dr. Kevorkian as the movie character mistakenly says. But it […]

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Scotland is edging towards enacting legislation that will give dying patients the right to end their lives. The SNP has pledged, if re-elected, to set up a citizen’s assembly representing a cross-section of society to look at legalizing assisted dying. The Scottish Greens, who may form a coalition government with the SNP after May’s election, […]

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Dr Henry Marsh: The law insists that I suffer until the end Dr Henry Marsh Friday April 02 2021 After many decades of working with patients facing death, a recent diagnosis of advanced cancer means that I now face death myself — possibly within a year, perhaps up to five years or more if I […]

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March was a month of legislative action: Spain legalized euthanasia, Canada finally signed Bill C-7 into law and the Tasmanian VAD Bill passed the final vote in the Lower House. Unfortunately, the Portugese Constitutional Court overturned the in January approved euthanasia bill. However, the decision left open the option to euthanasia provided that the legislation […]

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Book Notice THE INEVITABLE:  Dispatches on the Right to Die By Katie Engelhart    St. Martin’s Press  3/2021 I’ve read every non-academic book on the right to die in the last 40 years and the scope of this new one comes as a pleasant change:  in-depth, international, doctor-probing, and examining certain people who want accelerated death […]

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Did you happen to see Friday night’s program “Father Brown” on PBS TV ?   Show name: ‘The Angel of Mercy.’ It featured two deaths which at first seemed normal to the police but which the great ministerial R.C. ‘detective’ suspected to be murder. He eventually found that both persons, who had advanced cancer, had […]

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The book ‘Final Exit’ reached 30 years old on 2 February 2021. In updated versions it still sells modestly around the world every day. In 1991 it reached the New York Times book list as Number One, and remained listed for 18 weeks. It became infamous as ‘the suicide guide’ but author Derek Humphry pointed […]

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There is a lengthy and accurate article about the right-to-die in Bloomberg Business news. The author describes his father’s well-laid plans to achieve a good end to his life. Below is a tiny extract.  Suggest going to read the whole article  at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-01-27/death-with-dignity-how-i-helped-my-dad-die Extract: I later learned of popular how-to books such as Final Exit, […]

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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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BRUCE YELLE, of Florence, Oregon, a great campaigner for the rights of terminally ill people, died on 24 December 2020. He was 67. He had pancreatic cancer. In 2018 He founded End of Life Choices to fight for improvements to Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act 1988. Bruce had deliberately moved home from California to Oregon […]

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