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We are an
all-volunteer organization.
No funds go to salaries...or to headquarters.


Programs and activities of the Hemlock Society of San Diego (HSSD) are made possible by your membership dues and the generous donations of members and friends. Donations and memberships (tax deductible) can be sent to: HSSD, PO Box 34237, San Diego CA 92103
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We need your help with a variety of volunteer positions.
If interested, leave a message at (619) 233-4418.

Upcoming Events

The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo April 19, 2015
2:30pm - 4:30pm
  GuzaarishFilm Festival: Guzaarish
A beautiful Bollywood film about a young magician who has an “accident” and becomes quadriplegic He takes his case for assisted dying to the courts in India. Does he win? Does he die?
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Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: La Jolla Library
7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA
The Hemlock Society of San Diego Logo May 17, 2015
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Death with Dignity: Three Options for California

Kathryn Tucker -Law Suit. Kathryn Tucker, Director of the Disability Rights Law Center will discuss her law suit which would exempt doctors from criminal penalties if they helped someone die.
George Eighmey -Legislation. George Eighmey, lawyer, former legislator and director of the Oregon C&C program, now working directly with the sponsors of SB128 in the Gen’l Assembly for DDNC (Death with Dignity National Center)
Dr. Sally Hall -Exit Guide. Dr. Sally Hall, San Diego psychiatrist and member of the Medical Advisory Board for Final Exit Network and Senior Exit Guide. She will discuss nonmedical methods and non-terminal patients.

Sponsor: Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino del Rio South - Mission Valley

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ethics report

More Information on Life, Death and Pain from the Medscape Ethics Report


Featured Articles

Doctor Assisted Suicide:California Ban Challenged in Court -- by Howard Mintz -- San Jose Mercury News -- February 15, 2015

Assisted Suicide Now Legal in 5 States -- by Erik Eckholm -- New York Times -- February 8, 2014

Fatal Mercies -- by Frank Bruni -- New York Times -- August 10, 2013

A Plea for Assisted Suicide -- by Kayla Penokie -- August 7, 2013

Doctors Really Do Die Differently -- by Ken Murray, MD -- July 17, 2013

I Must Die, My Love, To Rid You of this Burden -- by Sarah-Kate Templeton -- London Sunday Times -- July 14, 2013

Advance Directives Are Often Not Honored -- by Michael Cook -- BIOEdge News -- June 29, 2013

The Old Chestnut of Diluted Helium -- by Derek Humphry -- June 6, 2013

Click here to see additional articles.

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Archbishop Tutu Endorses Assisted Dying

In a recent statement to the London Observer Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa had this to say: “Yes, I think a lot of people would be upset if I said I wanted assisted dying. I would say I wouldn't mind actually….I have been fortunate to spend my life working for dignity for the living. Now I wish to apply my mind to the issue of dignity for the dying. I revere the sanctity of life—but not at any cost.”

And about his friend Nelson Mandela’s death: "You could see Madiba was not fully there. He did not speak. He was not connecting. My friend was no longer himself. It (his prolonged dying) was an affront to Madiba's dignity.”

2013 Death with Dignity
Annual Report
from Oregon Public Health Division

Once you are on the web page, click the link labeled "current report" to see the complete report for year 16.

World Right-to-Die Newsletter
Click for Latest Issue of  World Right-to-Die Newsletter


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