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She who sups with the devil …

She who sups with the devil should have a long spoon ... Part of me wants to shake Zoraya and tell her to wake up to herself. She may be depressed, and she may have any number of psychiatric maladies, but that does not mean that she should throw common ...
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Starmer Guidelines Keep Families Apart

The recent death of Scottish solicitor, Bruce de Wert, draws attention to the chaotic and inhumane state of the law in the UK. In 2014, the now Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, issued CPS guidelines about prosecutions for assisted suicide. At that time Starmer was the Director of Public Prosecutions. Presumably, ...
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Couples Going Together: the Luck of Timing

Last week, former Dutch Prime Minister, Dries van Agt died at his home in Nijmegen. His wife Eugenie died alongside him. These deaths have sparked significant international media coverage, making much mention of the fact that they died holding hands. Both were 93 years. Both were very ill. Despite much ...
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The Facts about Nitrogen Hypoxia 101

The Facts about Nitrogen Hypoxia 101 by Dr Philip Nitschke This week the State of Alabama executed Kenny Smith using an off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all face mask that they purchased for $308 (exc shipping). In using the face mask in this way Alabama Corrections went against the manufacturer's instructions and warranty. And ...
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Execution using Nitrogen Hypoxia is Doomed to Fail

In the run-up to Christmas, I spent a good deal of my time and all my concentration on the 'stay of execution' legal appeal with the lawyers for Kenny Smith in the US State of Alabama, arguing that their planned Execution using Nitrogen Hypoxia is Doomed to Fail. I was ...
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Backstory to Australia’s Ban on the Telephone & Internet

This week, the Federal Court of Australia ruled that ‘assisted dying’ is the same as ‘suicide’! No surprises there although we suspect that there are plenty of 'voluntary assisted dying' groups will be upset at this revelation ... The action was brought by Victorian doctor Nick Carr who was seeking ...
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Memo from Switzerland by Sean Davison

Exit’s new Swiss Assistance Programs have been going exceptionally well for our members who prefer the option of an assisted peaceful death in Switzerland. It is a requirement of Swiss law that a person receiving a Voluntary Assisted Death (VAD) in Switzerland, have their identity confirmed by a witness (or ...
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Why I am voting YES says Exit Founder

It is not often that I stray into mainstream politics, but the forthcoming Australian Referendum on a Voice to Parliament is one issue that I cannot stay silent about. I am voting YES because Aboriginal people have received a raw deal from us white Australians for over 200 years (to ...
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VAD Law must be More Ethical than Recent Police Tactics

Although suicide is legal and the ACT Government is working to legislate for voluntary assisted dying (VAD), recent insensitive actions of police in Canberra suggest that police think suicide is illegal. Welfare checks What happened? In recent months, police have conducted so-called welfare checks on elderly Canberrans. This sounds innocuous, ...
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A Tale of 2 Cases of the Salts

This week in the Netherlands, the Dutch Prosecutor is arguing that the infamous 'Alex from Eindhoven' should receive a four-year prison sentence for supplying the end of life drug Middel X (sodium azide). The State alleges that at least 10 people have died after taking the substance supplied by Alex ...
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