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The Last Day of Her Life – New York Times

17 May 2015 When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when? Sandy Bem, a Cornell psychology professor one month shy of her 65th birthday, was alone in her bedroom one night in May ...
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Wall St Journal: My 100 Love Letters to My Dying Father

Two days before Christmas, my father told me he was thinking about shooting himself. It was the winter of 2014, and we were alone in his guesthouse in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I remember the cold electricity of the moment. I sat down on the coffee table and stared at ...
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Professor Avril Henry & that Infamous Police Welfare Check

It was never supposed to happen like this. A rational suicide was planned, friends (lots of friends) were told along with extended family. She thought she had her affairs in order. No one, but no one, could have predicted what happened next. At around 9pm on Friday 15 April 2016, ...
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Australia gets 2nd Euthanasia Law 24 Years After 1st

A quarter of a Century after the Northern Territory's ground-breaking ROTI - Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, and the State of Victoria has finally enacted its own voluntary euthanasia law. Touted as the world's most conservative law for the terminally ill, the new Voluntary Assisted Dying Act of Victoria ...
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Sydney Morning Herald Euthanasia article

Correction to Derek Humphry Assisted Suicide History Chronology

This week the Godfather of the Assisted Suicide movement, Derek Humphry, made an unfortunate, but significant, omission in his chronology of the history of Assisted Suicide laws up to and including June 2019. Exit is certain that this was nothing more than a sleight of the pencil, but in these ...
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The Death of Noa Pothoven

5 June 2019 I guess it was bound to happen. An attractive young Dutch girl would be given euthanasia. Or would she? The furor that has erupted over the death of 17-year old Noa Pothoven was fake news waiting  to happen. Here was a girl who was raped and abused ...
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Nitschke says Victorian euthanasia bill ‘unworkable’

Philip Nitschke has described the Victorian government’s voluntary assisted dying bill as the “world’s most unworkable end-of-life law” as he warned the legislation would not satisfy all those seeking ­assisted suicide. The country’s leading proponent for assisted dying and head of Exit International congratulated the Victorian government for passing the ...
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Our Aged have Earned the Right to Leave Us if They Wish

Philip Nitschke As the Euthanasia issue heats up again in Victoria, many in the community are wondering aloud what the fuss is all for. For some, Victoria’s proposed law will represent an historical breakthrough. Since the Northern Territory’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act was quashed by Federal Parliament 20 ...
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This is what Government Censorship Looks Like

Have you ever wondered what Government Censorship looks like? Have you ever wondered how the Australian Government actively works to prevent seriously ill & elderly Australians from accessing end of life information? MND Sufferer Grant McKenzie of Perth found out this month when his book was confiscated at the border ...
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Why Euthanasia is a Feminist Issue

For many years now I've mulled on the idea that euthanasia - a good death - is a feminist issue. In some ways I came to the cause of end of life choices through feminism. Indeed, my very first letter to the editor when I was 20 was about abortion ...
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