The Hemlock Society is no longer in existence.
It has been renamed. This is probably just as well because “The Hemlock Society” seems to conjure up thoughts of a tragic yet romantic nature.
There is nothing romantic about suicide.
It is probably no coincidence, nevertheless, that there is a strong link with Oregon.
Oregon, I understand, is where Derek Humphry now lives.
Derek Humphry, an American journalist born in the UK founded the Hemlock Society in 1980 in a garage in Santa Monica, California. He was perhaps strongly influenced by his own personal tragedy. This right-to-die movement fought for “voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide to be made legal for terminally and hopelessly ill adults.” This work continues.
It is of interest though, that in 2006, Derek Humphry said the following:
“For the 25 years that I have been campaigning for the right to choose to die, and get help with it, I have kept my arguments confined to the terminally ill and the hopelessly ill competent adult. People are always asking me why don’t I include the mentally ill in the struggle.”
He gave nine reasons for this.
This was his 9th reason:
“I gently tell such troubled people that I don’t think anybody is going to help them to die — it’s just too much to ask — and if they are still determined to leave this world they must handle it themselves. Some do, most don’t so far as I can tell, at least, not until later on.”
It is just too much to ask…….
a red apple ……………………
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