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The Oregon Death with Dignity Act turns 25 today. On November 8, 1994, Oregonians voted to pass the first assisted dying law in the U.S. and the world, demonstrating their belief that terminally ill patients deserved the right to choose how they die. The historic vote came after a hard-fought campaign led by a dedicated […]

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It’s interesting that suddenly the UK police are asking for a reform of the law forbidding assisted dying. There have been about a dozen attempts to change the law since l936 and all failed. Britain lags behind many other countries which have approved careful, thoughtful death with dignity laws. The Police and Crime Commissioner for […]

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The demographics of patients seeking medical aid in dying (MAID) seem to be similar in both Oregon and Washington, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. In a group of 3,368 prescriptions from 1998 to 2017 in Oregon and 2009 to 2017 in Washington, most patients in both states were insured, non-Hispanic white, […]

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Published annual reports from the Oregon Health Authority and Washington State Department of Health that ranged from 1998 to 2017 in Oregon and from 2009 to 2017 in Washington show some interesting facts about how the law is used. They found that 2,558 – 76% – of the 3,368 written prescriptions resulted in patients’ deaths, […]

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After the publication of ‘Final Exit‘ in l991, it was often used by writers to illustrate their works, particularly TV. Wikipedia’s entry on the book lists 11 such instances Book still selling consistently in 2019. It has never won any prizes — but I suppose you wouldn’t expect that a how-to book on dying well […]

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Good Life, Good Death — YouTube video Derek Humphry • 4.6K views The writer Derek Humphry talks about his memoir, ‘Good Life Good Death’. 4 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFinalExit

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Amazon Books today ordered 9 copies of ‘Jean’s Way’ – a memoir I first published in l978 !! I’ve never changed a word of it through all the editions. The book has come to memorialize Jean’s courage in the face of death at age 42. ‘Jean’s Way: A Love Story’ is also available on Kindle.

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To obtain the newly-updated edocument (pdf download) “How to make your own inert gas hood kit” go to https://www.finalexit.org/ergo-store The separate advantages of both helium and nitrogen are discussed. There is nowhere in the world that such a kit can be found. So it’s strictly D I Y. This is an ERGO publication, written by […]

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The chairman of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, Sean Davison, has narrowly escaped a prison sentence after being accused of ‘murdering’ three friends who were in advanced terminal illness and wished to die quickly. The accusations were brought in Sean’s homeland, South Africa, which has made no progress in improving laws on […]

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For many years people have been thinking up new ways that a legal, peaceful, swift dying can be achieved. None have tried harder than Dr.Philip Nitschke, an Australian now living in the Netherlands. Nitschke has created a 3D-printed suicide machine that allows users to administer their own death in a matter of minutes. Called Sarco, […]

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