Dutch Activists Elude Jail

In a remarkable verdict, thus proving that Netherlands is the most progressive and even enlightened country when it comes to end of life choices, the six remaining Dutch activists who were charged with the distribution of Middel X have all eluded jail time.

In an Arnhem courthouse on Thursday 4 July, two of the six were handed suspended sentences with the other four acquitted.

Two others died (one of a heart attack, the other by rational suicide only last week) and so their prosecutions died with them.

The Dutch prosecution service had asked for sentences of 2.5 years. It is a relief and affirming that the court thought otherwise.

The legislative impasse of the 'Completed Life' bill (whereby anyone over the age of 75 could access lethal drugs in a controlled manner), has meant that Dutch activist groups such as CLW have taken matters into their own hands.

Philip Nitschke travelled this week to Arnhem in the south of the Netherlands to support the CLW members where he participated in the solidarity march from Arnhem station to the courthouse.

Read the full details on the Exit website.

New PPeH Update - Coming September 2024

The news is out, that Sarco is expected to be used over the summer months.

We announce that the September 2024 Update to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook will feature the first use of the Sarco.

This Chapter, which will be published in the first week of September (after the summer break and immediately after the premiere use), will be offered as a free, stand-alone publication to Exit Members.

Subscribers to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook will be able to access the latest news via the regular eHandbook platform.

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Why Canberra Fails the Progressive Law Test

As the second last place in Australia to legislate for 'assisted dying' (medically assisted suicide), the good folk of Canberra were hoping to get a law that was significantly more progressive and less medicalised than the rest of the country.

Their hopes were sorely dashed.

However, Exit's Canberra Chapter Coordinator - Dr David Swanton - is hot on the case, and already thinking loudly about how to amend the legislation to make it more relevant for those who may need it.

Read his recent Online Opinion on the Exit Website.

Laura's Choice Feature Doco - Now on Youtube

Laura Henkel is eccentric, outspoken, feisty and 90 years old.

She has decided she wants to end her life on her own terms.

She does not have a terminal illness; she just wants to be in control of the process and be allowed to go with dignity.

She goes to Switzerland, but not before she asks her film-maker daughter Cathy, and granddaughter Sam, to document her journey.

Laura’s Choice explores complex questions as three generations of women travel into uncharted territory and navigate a radical, dignified and highly controversial approach to dying.

The beautiful and thought-provoking documentary is now available for viewing, free on Youtube.

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