Category Archives: mercy killing

Liberté for France??

Romantic suicide fever has gripped the French media in the past week after an 86-year-old couple, described as brilliant intellectuals, ended their lives together last Friday. Three days later, a second Parisian couple, aged 84 and 81, were found dead … Continue reading

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Farewell Jack – Exit remembers Dr Kevorkian

“Dr Death is Dead!” ran the headlines as Jack Kevorkian, the most prominent of doctors ever to assist in suicides, reached his own last stand in Michigan’s William Beaumont Hospital, last June 3rd, and eight days after his 83rd birthday. … Continue reading

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Latest magazine available now

The latest edition of EXIT Newsletter goes in the post to members this week, a bumper edition at 36 pages. Among the leading articles are Causation and Euthanasia – an expert legal analysis of how the law works in determining … Continue reading

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Terminal, unbearably ill, or ‘just’ tired of life?

A number of news stories these past few days have highlighted differences between ‘right-to-die’ groups and also the myths perpetrated by the ‘pro-life’ groups. An elderly, arthritic woman dies at the Zurich assisted suicide clinic; an elderly woman being evicted … Continue reading

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Helium and dementia

A few days before he committed suicide with his wife of 53 years, Daniel Gute, a retired physician, wrote a note explaining their mutual decision to die. The two-page handwritten letter is signed by both Gute and his wife, Katherine, … Continue reading

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With clear conscience

A highly respected Cape Town professor charged with murder after helping his terminally ill mother to die in New Zealand has arrived back in South Africa this week after being granted permission by the courts to leave the country. The … Continue reading

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New edition of Five Last Acts on Amazon

Five Last Acts 2nd Edition Chris Docker M.Phil ISBN 9781453869376 414 pages 41 illustrations 459 references The long-awaited new edition of Five Last Acts came online at Amazon.com today and at over 400 pages marks what may be the most … Continue reading

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Decorated British actor calls for voluntary euthanasia

Double Oscar Winner Sir Michael Caine, one of Britain’s most respected actors, has added his voice to the call for legal reform to allow voluntary euthanasia. “My father had cancer of the liver and I was in such anguish over … Continue reading

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Good life good death: I don’t need my organs, just a peaceful dying

Organ transplant and euthanasia hit the headlines this week as two people seeking euthanasia ask that their organs be donated. Tony Nicklinson of Melksham, Wiltshire communicates by blinking or nodding his head at letters on a board. His legal team … Continue reading

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Mercy killing not murder

An elderly British doctor, cleared by a jury in 2005 of hastening the deaths of some patients, has today said in the Telegraph newspaper that he did indeed hasten some patients’ deaths to relieve their suffering. “There’s a point of … Continue reading

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Euthanasia in Belgium: no slippery slope

The evidence of studies in several countries suggests that legislation to allow euthanasia does not affect the number of cases significantly – it just makes them more open and transparent. This has never deterred panic-mongers, who spin data to create … Continue reading

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