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“Jean’s Way” book on Kindle

This is the cult classic “Jean’s Way” by Derek Humphry, first published in l978. It outlines the story of a woman suffering from incurable cancer who at the end, rather than endure more, she took her life.
This book has been one of the most significant books of the right-to-die debate. Its author also wrote the bestseller “Final Exit.” It outlines the story of a woman suffering from incurable cancer who at the end, rather than endure more, she took her life with drugs supplied by her husband, Derek Humphry. Although what Humpbry did was a crime he was not prosecuted on the grounds of compassion.

On Kindle for $6.

There are now 1,528 British members of Dignitas in Switzerland who have signed up to use the organisation’s services – an all-time high.

33 Brits had an assisted death at Dignitas in 2022 – that’s a 44% increase from 2021, and the highest number since the pandemic.

The London Parliament has repeatedly declined to pass a medical assisted dying law.

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In its 25th year since legalization, a record number of Oregonians choose Death with Dignity and opt for medical aid in dying as part of their end-of-life care

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize Death with Dignity, which was implemented in 1997. In the 25 years since, the state has experienced a steady ascension in the number of patients who’ve sought and successfully accessed physician aid in dying.

The Oregon Health Authority released its annual report last week on the number of Oregonians availing themselves of the state’s Death With Dignity law.

The numbers show a strong increase in 2022, as the number of patients ending their lives after receiving prescriptions from doctors jumped from 255 to 278.

Oregon was the first of the now ten USA states whih permit a doctor to assist a dying paiient with lethal prescribed medications.

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: Aycke Smook 1938-2023

ERGO regrets to report the death of one of its
directors, Dr.Aycke Smook in the Netherlands.

Aycke died in hospital on March 6th 2023 after a period of deteriorating health. He will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to the issue of the Right to Die in general, and to Right to Die Europe in particular.

After organising the 1990 WF Conference in Maastricht on behalf of Dutch Right-to-Die organisation NVVE, he took the initiative to start Right to Die Europe (RtD-E)in 1993 – originally as a European Division of the World Federation of Right to Die Socieries.

A retired gynacologist, Aycke was President of the WFRtDS from 1994 until 1996 and of ERGO from its inception in 1993.

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Advance Healthcare Directive (AHCD).

A California AHCD can be filled out online. The form and instructions are available on this link:

** California AHCD (https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/consumers/ProbateCodeAdvancedHealthCareDirectiveForm-fillable.pdf)

After completing the form, print, sign, and date it at the end. The form must also be signed by two qualified witnesses or a notary public.

Give a copy of the signed and completed form to your physician, any other health care providers you may have, to any health care institution at which you are receiving care, and to any health care agent(s) you have named. We recommend keeping a copy at home in plain sight in case paramedics need to come into your home.

Talk to the person you have named as your agent to make sure they understand your wishes and are willing to take the responsibility.

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Bring yourself up-to-date by reading

FINAL EXIT 2020 (digital only) at https://www.finalexit.org
Author: Derek Humphry

American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying has issued this informative booklet by Lonny Shavelson M>D> –

“Medical Aid in Dying: A guide for patients and their supporters”

The Academy booklet is available at Amazon for Kindle or as a Paperback: https://tinyurl.com/Aid-in-DyingGuide

The American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying, based in California. Email:


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You can read my memoir “Good Life, Good Death” at this web site:


It’s good read but not lengthy—- Derek Humphry

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Florida non-profit calls for medical aid in dying law

A Florida non-profit organization is pushing for a law to allow people with terminal illnesses to die on their own terms.

The effort comes after police say 76-year-old Ellen Gilland shot and killed her husband inside a Daytona Beach hospital as part of a planned mercy killing. Investigators say the woman made a pact with her husband to kill him if his condition worsened.

The plan to kill her husband then herself had been in the works for weeks, but after shooting him in the head, investigators say Gilland couldn’t go through with the rest of the plan.

Now, the group “Florida Death with Dignity” is pushing for a “medical aid in dying” law. They say Floridians with a terminal illness should be allowed the same autonomy and individual freedom while dying as they enjoyed while living.

Right now, 10 states have medical aid in dying statutes, as well as Montana where it was made legal by way of a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling. However, no such statute exists in Florida.

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Canada is delaying plans which would allow people with mental illness to access medically assisted death amid concern from some clinicians that the healthcare system is not prepared to handle the complicated cases.

Starting March 2023, Canada is expected to become one of the few countries in the world to allow physician-assisted death for chronic mental disorders.

But on Thursday, justice minister David Lametti said the government would seek to delay the expansion of medical assistance in dying (Maid), following criticism from psychiatrists and physicians across the country.

“We are listening to what we are hearing and being responsive, to make sure we move forward in a prudent way. We know we need to get this right in order to protect those who are vulnerable and also to support an individual’s autonomy and freedom of choice,” Lametti said.

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