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Lawful Exit: The Limits of Freedom for Help in Dying
by Derek Humphry


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Lawful Exit: The Limits of Freedom for Help in Dying Lawful Exit: The Limits of Freedom for Help in Dying

by Derek Humphry,
founder of the Hemlock Society


1993 • Norris Lane Press
ISBN 0-9637280-0-8
Paperback • 166 pages
OUT OF PRINT

How the law could be changed to permit careful voluntary euthanasia for the dying. Who should be included and who not. What went wrong with the ballot initiatives in the 1990's to thwart lawful physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Contains model Death with Dignity Act and glossary. A favorite book with students.



The author, Derek Humphry, who has 30 years experience in the death with dignity movement, helped his first wife Jean to die when suffering a lingering death from breast cancer. His book on that event, 'Jean's Way' is a cult classic. Five years after her death he founded the Hemlock Society, which he ran from 1980 to 1992. (Hemlock was later merged into another organization, Compassion and Choices). He was president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies 1988-90. He wrote "Final Exit " and four other books on this issue, including "Let Me Die Before I Wake", his first `how-to' book which has sold thousands of copies since 1981. Before taking up the right-to-die campaign Derek was a veteran investigative reporter for the London Sunday Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Today Derek Humphry runs the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization, a nonprofit organization based in Oregon which he started in 1980. He is an adviser to the American group, the Final Exit Network.