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May 12, 2017

Lower Hutt woman Susan Austen goes to trial for aiding a suicide

Stuff NZ

A Lower Hutt woman and pro-euthanasia campaigner has pleaded not guilty to aiding a suicide and importing a drug that can be used for euthanasia. Susan Dale Austen, 65, has been charged with aiding (Exit International Life Member) Annemarie Niesje Treadwell to commit suicide between December 2015 and June 2016. She also faces two charges of […]

April 17, 2017

Tributes flow for Canadian man who lobbied for assisted-dying rights for mentally ill

Lisa Xing, CBC

A Windsor man who urged the federal government to legalize doctor-assisted dying for people like himself with mental illness has taken his own life. Adam Maier-Clayton’s mother, Margaret Maier, said in a Facebook post she was “devastated” that her “beautiful son” had committed suicide. “My son has been on a campaign for several years now […]

March 27, 2017

Assisted dying group create app for testing purity of euthanasia drugs

i News (The Independent), Paul Gallagher

An assisted dying advocacy group has developed an app to test the purity of euthanasia drugs purchased online, i can reveal. A growing number of elderly people are buying drugs, such as Nembutal, from abroad but are concerned about their quality, the director of Exit International said. Philip Nitschke, the controversial Australian medic known as […]

March 16, 2017

Nikki Gemmell: I feel like I failed mum at last hurdle …

The Australian Women's Weekly (March 2017)

Editor’s Note Elayn Gemmell was a Life Member of Exit International. Dr Fiona Stewart remembers her as a polite, gentle but intensely independent woman. ‘Elayn was very grateful to Exit for the supportive environment it provided her. In some ways she is typical of our members: headstrong, independent and acutely aware of the unfairness of […]

February 26, 2017

Police stance was to not answer questions over details of euthanasia checkpoint

The Dominion Post, Tom Hunt

Police withheld information about a controversial operation because it would only open them up to further questions, emails reveal. But the stance – outlined in internal emails – has been defended by police, because which say revealing too much information could jeopardise ongoing inquiries or future court cases. In late 2016 Police ran Operation Painter, which saw officers […]

January 22, 2017

What If Steven McDonald’s Last 30 Years Hadn’t Happened?

Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review

Some years ago — in 2001 — I interviewed Dr. Philip Nitschke, an international advocate for assisted suicide, based in Australia. He was candid during the course of the interview, admitting that the option to “give away” life should ultimately be available to “anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, [and] the […]

January 22, 2017

Most Kiwis support euthanasia for those with painful, incurable diseases

Rachel Thomas, Stuff NZ

Just 12 per cent of Kiwis are completely opposed to the legalisation of assisted dying, according to a University of Auckland study. In a survey of 15,822 people, 66 per cent supported euthanasia as a legal means of ending the lives of people with painful, incurable diseases. “There is strong public support for euthanasia when people are […]

January 14, 2017

2017 Edition – The Peaceful Pill Handbook

To celebrate the 10th year of continuous publication, Exit has released a new 2017 edition of the best-selling Peaceful Pill Handbook. The book reflects the most up-to-date contents of the dynamic, online Peaceful Pill eHandbook. Order Now Book Contents Preface Chapter 1 – Introduction Chapter 2 – Suicide (euthanasia) & the Law Chapter 3 – […]