A fascinating blog post by medical ethicist and philosopher Jerry Dworkin, published June 1, 2015, at the height of of the campaign to pass California's aid in dying law. Mr. Dworkin, a Chicagoan, is the author of the 1998 book "Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide." Here's the link...
"The Sick Among Us Are Not Burdens To Be Tossed Aside" is the headline on Final Options Illinois 2018 newsletter, making the case that aid in dying does not exist in a vacuum, that health care must become a human right so that everybody can have access to the full spectrum of end of life [...]
Here's an important, informative and fascinating new book, "Advice for Future Corpses (And Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying", by Sallie Tisdale Read all about it at the New York Times on June 27, 2018
Heaven help us, folks, this is serious. There have been breakdowns in the production system for many essential drugs especially morphine. The one thing we can't do without as we're dying. This is an important story in the July 1, 2018 New York Times...
"Ain't The Way To Die", a great three-minute music video by Doctor Zubin Damania, also known as ZDogg MD. A take-off on the song, "Love The Way You Lie" by Rihanna and Eminem, this is both musically catchy and very profound. It's a heartfelt denunciation of the barbarism of unwanted and futile medical care at [...]
Our May 2018 newsletter, with news about the wonderful new aid in dying law just passed in Hawaii, and the great news that the Washington D.C. law remains in force. Includes fascinating quotes and details about victory in Hawaii, including an interview with John Radcliffe, prominent citizen of Hawaii and chief lobbyist for the bill. [...]
Some really big news. On April 5, 2018, Hawaii governor David Ige signed the "Our Care, Our Choice Act", making Hawaii the seventh state with medical aid in dying, joining California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, and Vermont. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2019. It was a long time coming. The first aid in dying bill was introduced [...]
Our latest flyer for Final Options Illinois, explaining why Illinois needs an aid-in-dying law. Download and print on front and back of one sheet.
The Peaceful Pill Handbook, by Australian doctor Philip Nitschke, is a tremendous resource for understanding ways and means to a peaceful death. Dr. Nitschke is the founder of Exit International. You can buy it and then read it online, for instant access. You can also get more info at [email protected], or call +31-6-309-66992.
An excellent letter in the Chicago Tribune, published February 13, 2018, by Sharon Silverman, about her aunt and uncle, and her aunt's descent into dementia, and how her uncle finally chose not to treat her aunt's infection, so that she could die peacefully. Ms. Silverman concludes, "Alone together, he stroked her head. He held her [...]