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Choices for Compassionate Ending of Life (CCEoL) is a campaigning group with the sole aim of making Oregon’s pioneering Death With Dignity
more available in modern times.
After two hard-fought citizen ballot initiatives, the Oregon law took effect in l998 and has since helped many of its residents get doctor-assisted dying when their terminal illness became unbearable.
The six US states (+ DC)which have since passed assisted dying laws have largely copied the Oregon model. But CCEoL today wants the Oregon law widened in these ways:
* Allow patients who cannot swallow to be given a injection at their request;
* Reduce the waiting period from 15 days to seven and eliminate the ‘six-month likely to die’ provision.
* Permit patients with an irreversible degenerative illnesses to have doctor-assisted dying. (Only terminal illness allowed in the current law.)

CCEoL respects the safeguards in the existing law but argues that it is now time to make the law more widely available to eligible persons who are suffering.

CCeOL is working with Oregon legislators to
make careful changes, and these are Continue Reading »

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ERGO has updated and improved its top selling edocument “How To Make Your Own Inert Gas Hood Kit” by Derek Humphry ©
Available only as a digital download pdf at www.finalexit.org/ergo-store
Save it to your computer; print one copy.

It is clearer and better illustrated than the previous edocument, but if you already own that one please note that the newer document does not contain any fresh revelations.

Available worldwide only as an edoc from the nonprofit ERGO Bookstore to be considered by competent adults with terminal or degenerative illness. 19 pages, 9 illustrations. $10 US.

(NOTE: There is no longer any place where an off-the-shelf inert gas hood kit can be obtained.) D.H. May 2019

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Do you want to leave after 90 years? Interesting argument
developing in the UK (See report below.) This has also
been a debate in the Netherlands.

On April 16 Michael Irwin gave a talk at the Cornerstone Centre, in Brighton and Hove, a city on the south coast of the UK, on – ‘When is a Life Complete?’
Much of his talk expanded on this definition of a ‘Completed Life’ (which had been drafted by several members of My Death My Decision, a right-to-die campaigning organization in the UK, formerly known as the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide, in 2016) – ‘Elderly, mentally competent individuals may consider that their lives are complete when they have a chronic health problem (or a combination of more than one Continue Reading »

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Jean’s Way: A Love Story’ is a moving account of assisted dying between a married couple, best read on KINDLE because it is short and pithy. Translated into 8 languages, but only in English on Kindle.
OR at

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Various forms of medical assisted dying have been approved in the following states and nations. Each law has its own limits, rules and guidelines. All but Switzerland forbid foreigners this type of help to die. Only Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium permit chosen death via doctor lethal injection; all others are by doctor prescription which the patient drinks. A policy statement in England gives clear guidance when helping another to die would not be prosecuted, but there is no law.

Switzerland l940
Oregon 1994
Colombia l997
The Netherlands 2002
Belgium 2002
Washington 2008
Luxembourg 2009
Montana 2009 (court ruling only)
England & Wales 2010 (prosecution policy statement only. No law.)
Vermont 2014
Quebec 2015
California 2016
Canada 2016
Colorado 2016
Washington DC 2017
Hawaii 2019
New Jersey 2019
Victoria (Australia) 2019

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By Derek Humphry
What’s in a word? Is saying ‘suicide’ as in ‘assisted suicide’ preferable, or is it better to use an euphemism like ‘assisted dying’?

From the start in l980 we at the Hemlock Society always bluntly called the medical helping to die procedures ‘physician-assisted suicide’ and, when carried out alone, ‘self-deliverance’. We stressed that we were talking purely about end-of-life choices when terminal, not self-killing for other reasons.

The Associated Press, one of the world’s largest news agencies,has a standing policy of always using ‘assisted suicide’ and forbids Continue Reading »

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This is a step in the right direction, if only it covered more medical conditions.
New Jersey is poised to become the eighth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives after a vote Monday that for years had eluded supporters of the so-called right-to-die movement.

With the Legislature narrowly approving the Medical Aid in Dying for the
Terminally Ill Act
, the bill now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who pledged his support.

“Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do. I look forward to signing this legislation into law,” Murphy said in
a statement.

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Fraudsters have created a fake Derek Humphry Facebook account, and are using FaceBook Messenger with my name to send messages with offers of big money. Beware. Total fraud.

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It has always been a puzzle that the UK has made
no progress in choices-in-dying legislation despite many other countries have done so. Since 1936 there have about 12 attempts at law reform in the Westminster parliament — all failed. And this is supposed to be the ‘mother of democracies’!
Reading the new opinion poll underlines the gap:

More than 90% of the UK’s population believes assisted dying should be legalized for those suffering from terminal illnesses, according to an opinion poll that shows growing support for change to the law.

A survey carried out by the campaign group My Death, My Decision (MDMD) also found that 88% of respondents considered it acceptable for dementia sufferers to receive help to end their lives, provided they consented before losing their mental capacity.

The results have been released as the Royal College of Physicians polls its members in March on whether they back a change to the ban on the right to die.

The MDMD poll was conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and involved 2,500 respondents. A previous survey carried out by Dignity in Dying in 2015 found that 82% of people supported assisted dying.

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Amazon.com ranking for “Final Exit’ on 02/13/2019 :

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