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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

New PRINT Peaceful Pill Handbook 2017 – shipping April

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

January 9, 2017

Dutch Doctors Unwilling to give Euthanasia to Dementia Patients

Dutch News Daily

Doctors still do not dare to perform euthanasia on people with severe dementia who have made living wills expressing their wish to die, the Volkskrant said on Friday. A year ago, the justice and health ministries said the guidelines for performing euthanasia on people with severe dementia had been relaxed a little so that patients […]

January 1, 2017

TEDx Darwin: Philip Nitschke on Why Elderly Deserve Lethal Drugs

If euthanasia – a good death – is a civil right, should not the elderly be provided with the means to end their lives when and if they choose. This is the subject of Dr Philip Nitschke’s controversial & thought-provoking TEDx presentation, from Darwin in August 2016. Philip’s address is now available online. Philip’s TEDx […]

December 4, 2016

Philip Nitschke launches ‘militant’ campaign unrestricted adult access to euthanasia

Helen Davidson, The Guardian

The voluntary euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has launched a “militant” campaign to push for unrestricted adult access to a peaceful death. Nitschke announced the launch of Exit Action on Sunday morning, describing the new organisation as a subgroup of Exit International, which campaigns, runs workshops and distributes information on voluntary euthanasia. Exit Action said it […]

November 15, 2016

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke says Exit International members targeted by police

Melissa Davey, The Guardian

Euthanasia advocate and former medical doctor Philip Nitschke says members of his right-to-die organisation, Exit International, are being targeted by Australian police. Nitschke said an 83-year-old woman living in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak had been visited twice by police in two weeks. The woman was first visited by by Australian Federal Police, who seized […]

November 8, 2016

Nitschke Op Ed: Personal liberty at heart of right to decide how & when one dies

Philip Nitschke, The Dominion Post

OPINION: The recent antics of the New Zealand police in terms of the fake checkpoints and the subsequent searching of homes of elderly members of Exit International would be laughable were they not so serious. The seemingly slapstick way police have gone about their intelligence-gathering has lowered the benchmark in how policing should be performed […]