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The Exit Internationalist

Exit Vision, Mission & Values

Vision

That every adult of sound mind has the right to implement plans for the end of their life so that their death is reliable, peaceful and at a time of their choosing.

Exit believes that control over one’s life & death to be a fundamental civil right from which no one of sound mind should be excluded.

Mission

To inform members & support them in their end of life decision-making.

Exit Values

1.  Individual rights

Exit supports an individual of sound mind’s right to:

·     choose & implement a peaceful death at a time of their choosing

·     accept or reject any doctor’s involvement in an end-of-life action

·     accept or reject palliative care

·     request & be granted assistance with suicide if necessary.

Exit rejects the notion that some organisations’ moral values, including those of many religions, must be accepted & apply to all other people.

2.  Information Provision

Exit provides information on end of life options to its members.

3.  Individual Empowerment

Exit supports individuals’ right to procure drugs & equipment for their end-of-life purposes. Exit does not provide individuals with illegal drugs or equipment.

4.  Membership

Exit provides membership on an annual or lifetime subscription basis for people over 50 or who are suffering from serious illness. Other membership is provided at the discretion of the Exit International Director. Membership shows members’ commitment and support for voluntary euthanasia.

5.  Appropriate Checks

Exit makes reasonable efforts to ensure that members who attend workshops are of sound mind. Exit requires every workshop attendee to complete and sign a disclaimer form.

6.  Regulatory Reform & Objective Debate

Exit advocates a regulatory system consistent with the above values that legalises assisted suicide & voluntary euthanasia. Exit supports objective debate on voluntary euthanasia & rational suicide to ensure individual rights are upheld & vulnerable members of the community are kept safe.

Voluntary Euthanasia – Definition

Voluntary euthanasia is a deliberate act intended to cause the death of an individual, at that individual’s request, for what he or she sees as being in his or her best interests.

Rational Suicide – Definition

Rational suicide is suicide by mentally competent individuals who are suffering from a serious medical illness or who reasonably envisage a future quality of life that they deem unacceptable.