Supporting the Human Right to a Death with Dignity
Our Guiding Principles
We hold that mentally competent adults who suffer from a fatal or irreversible physical illness, from intractable physical pain, or from a constellation of chronic, progressive physical disabilities have a basic human right to choose to end their lives when they judge the quality of their life to be unacceptable.
This right by its nature implies that the ending of one’s life is one’s choice, including the timing and persons present, and should be free of any restrictions by the law, clergy, medical profession, and even friends and relatives no matter how well-intentioned. We do not encourage anyone to end their life, are opposed to anyone’s encouraging another to end his life, do not provide the means to do so, and do not assist in a person’s death.
- To work toward obtaining the basic human right of competent adults to choose to end their lives on their own terms when they suffer from irreversible physical illness, intractable pain, or a constellation of chronic, progressive physical disabilities.
- To raise the awareness of all Americans concerning this basic human right.
- To offer free service to all who qualify, providing relevant information, home visits if possible and a compassionate presence for individual and family.
- To promote the use of advance directives and other related legal instruments to document the intentions of any individual.
- To sponsor research into new peaceful and reliable methods to end life.
- To vigorously defend our guiding principles in a court of law when necessary.
PA Court Dismisses Charges in Right-to-Die Case
12 Feb 2014
In October 2013, Barbara Joy Mancini, a registered nurse in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was charged with “assisting in a suicide” for ...Read more →
Death with Dignity Issue Reaches Front Page of the New York Times
9 Feb 2014
‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States By ERIK ECKHOLM FEB. 7, 2014 DENVER — Helping the terminally ...Read more →
Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to hear assisted suicide case
22 Jan 2014
Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune At the heart of the Final Exit debate is Minnesota law against promoting ...Read more →
State of New Mexico’s Decision on Morris v. Brandenberg case Jan. 13th
15 Jan 2014
In New Mexico, on January 13 a trial-court-level judge rendered a decision that a physician could not be prosecuted on ...Read more →
WORLD FEDERATION CONFERENCE in CHICAGO, Sept. 17-20, 2014
2 Jan 2014
The Twentieth Meeting of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies will be held in Chicago, Illinois from September ...Read more →