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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 the right to choose to die, death with dignity. Here is Sean’s statement
after a plea bargain deal was announced:

Sean Davison writes:
Dear friends and supporters

In a plea bargain agreement with the South African court I pleaded
guilty to the three murder charges I faced and received a three-year
house arrest sentence at my home in Cape Town.

I accept my sentence. I will be in the news today, and I will be
forgotten tomorrow. But there will be another Sean Davison, and then
another, and another, because this issue will not go away until we have
a new law, a compassionate law, a law that does not confuse euthanasia
with murder.

I have made a solemn promise to the court not to break the law again. I
also make a promise Continue Reading »

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The Hastings Center has announced a significant research project: ‘Dementia and the Ethics of Choosing When to Die’ will focus on basic issues surrounding an individual’s ability to exercise end of life choices when suffering from dementia.

Here’s a one significant paragraph extract from the announcement:

In 2018, 5.7 million Americans were living with dementia.
An estimated
12 million others will be at high risk for developing dementia over the
next 30 years as the baby boom generation lives into their 80s and 90s.

In the U.S., the basic legal right to be free of unwanted treatment is
long established. People with decision-making capacity have the right to
forgo life-sustaining treatment they do not want. People who lack
decision-making capacity have the same right through the use of an
advance directive or a surrogate decision-maker. However, this
longstanding legal framework and ethical consensus does not fully
reflect the situation of a person facing dementia if this person has no
medical treatments to refuse. Also, the time frame in which a terminally
ill person with decision-making capacity can request and use medical
aid-in-dying (MAID),
now legal in nine U.S. jurisdictions, does not
correspond to the dementia trajectory. (end extract)

Read the whole article at

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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, the futuristic-looking machine features a coffin-like sealed pod with transparent panels. It sits on top of a raised platform that leans at an angle.

By pressing a button on the inside of the pod the machine floods with liquid nitrogen, an unregulated substance that can be easily purchased.

This lowers the oxygen level within the capsule, making the user feel “slightly tipsy” before falling unconscious and ultimately, dying.

Although users must pass an artificial intelligence-powered test to determine their mental capacity to open the hatch, details of the test are not specified.

According to Nitschke, the aim of the machine is to “allow rational adults the option of a peaceful, elective and lawful death in an elegant and stylish environment”.

The machine is portable, meaning it can be moved to the user’s desired location.

“You can tow it off and have it overlooking the Alps or the lakes. When you’re ready you Continue Reading »

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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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