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“It’s a beautiful law, a helpful law, a psychologically comforting law.”

Watch this video of Californian Ray Perman from the Chicago Tribune.  "Faced with terminal illness, man chooses end-of-life option." This powerful, moving and informative piece on the Chicago Tribune website on April 4, 2017, features Ray Perman, a 64 year-old Californian suffering with advanced metastatic prostate cancer.  A longer article appeared in the Tribune print [...]

2017-07-28T16:43:35+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

The End — A Parting Gift — The Death and Life of John Shields

Front-page New York Times story makes clear the overwhelming importance of medical aid in dying Here's another major milestone for our movement:  the publication of a very long (more than six full newspaper pages) front-page story in the New York Times on Sunday, May 25, 2017, profiling John Shields, a distinguished Canadian dying from amyloidosis, [...]

2017-07-28T16:33:41+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

Truth In Treatment: A New Movement to Improve End of Life Care

The video of our program on March 20, 2017, "Truth In Treatment", featuring Kim Callinan of Compassion & Choices, state representative Robyn Gabel and former state rep Julie Hamos, is now available on our YouTube channel.  Check it out -- it's a really fascinating explanation of how we can take control of our own end-of-life [...]

2017-07-28T16:19:35+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

Final Options Illinois — June/July 2017 newsletter

Our June/July 2017 newsletter.  Featuring stories on the first anniversary of aid in dying being legal in both California and Canada, powerful articles from the Chicago Tribune and New York Times profiling Ray Perman and John Shields, respectively, and information about Compassion & Choices' new "Truth In Treatment" initiative, aiming to put people in charge [...]

2017-08-15T15:04:15+00:00 June 28th, 2017|

Final Options Illinois — our YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel.  Aid in dying is not just an abstract concept. There are many people here in Illinois, terminally ill and suffering intolerably, who need the CHOICE that the Illinois Patient Choice at End of Life Act will provide. And there many people whose loved ones have suffered agonizing deaths because Illinois doesn't have [...]

2017-08-15T15:09:11+00:00 May 15th, 2017|

Is Dying A Pro-Choice Issue?

Is Dying A Pro-Choice Issue?  Cover article in The Humanist issue of January/February 2015 by Tone Stockenstrom, about the World Federation Conference held in Chicago in September 2014.  With extensive quotes from Hemlock of Illinois president Ed Gogol, Hemlock of Illinois members Lynn and Court Lawson, author Derek Humphry, senior medical director for Final Exit Network Dr. Richard [...]

2017-08-23T18:53:25+00:00 May 5th, 2017|

Desmond Tutu: “Dying people should have the right to choose how and when they leave Mother Earth”

Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and famed archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, penned this powerful op-ed last October for the Washington Post:  "Just as I have argued firmly for fairness and compassion in life, I believe that terminally ill people should be treated with the same compassion and fairness when [...]

2017-04-04T15:34:28+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

Hawaii State Senate passes aid in dying bill by overwhelming 22 to 3 majority

Astoundingly wonderful news!  On March 7th, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB 1129, an Oregon-style aid in dying bill, by an vote of 22 to 3.  The bill now goes to the Hawaii House of Representatives.  This overwhelming majority gives hope that Hawaii will soon become the seventh US state to make aid in dying [...]

2017-04-04T15:34:01+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

Unitarian policies on aid in dying — important reading

The official policy of the Unitarian Universalist Association, "The Right To Die With Dignity", adopted in 1988, is fascinating and important reading. It opens with the following profound statement:  "Guided by our belief as Unitarian Universalists that human life has inherent dignity, which may be compromised, when life is extended beyond the will or ability [...]

2017-04-04T15:33:19+00:00 March 5th, 2017|
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