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The Exit Internationalist

July 25, 2017

Euthanasia plan not enough, says Philip Nitschke

The Australian, Samantha Hutchinson

Victoria’s voluntary euthanasia plan does not go far enough to ­address the needs of an ageing population demanding more control over how they die, ­according to euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke. Dr Nitschke applauded the government’s attempt to create what will be the country’s only program giving terminal patients the right to die, but said the […]

July 11, 2017

‘Dr Death’ and his £50 suicide workshops

The Spectator, Jessica Berens

Philip Nitschke is a former GP who travels the world telling people how to kill themselves It is a sunny Saturday afternoon in Covent Garden and we are all learning how to kill ourselves. The venue is a nondescript community centre in Stukeley Street. It usually hosts activities for children, so there are crayon drawings […]

June 25, 2017

Euthanasia by Text? Michelle Carter Case Impacts More than Free Speech

Philip Nitschke, Sydney Morning Herald

 In 2014, Michelle Carter, then 17, used text messages to “encourage” her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself. Roy was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck.While the dust is still settling from this month’s decision by a Massachusetts judge to convict the young “suicide texter” of involuntary manslaughter, the reaction […]

June 24, 2017

This is What Government Censorship Looks Like

Have you ever wondered what Government Censorship looks like? Have you ever wondered how the Australian Government actively works to prevent seriously ill & elderly Australians from accessing end of life information? MND Sufferer Grant McKenzie of Perth found out this month when his book was confiscated at the border by Australian Customs With increasingly […]

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 […]