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End of Life Option Law Goes into effect June 9th in CA

Frequently Asked Questions About California's New Physician-Assisted Dying Law

The first person in San Diego to Take Advantage of the Law ?

Ojai woman with ALS takes advantage of California's End of Life Option Act

But, it is not so easy

Also, a group has filed a lawsuit trying to get an injunction to stop the law

the legal paperwork


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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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Upcoming Events

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Saturday, Setember 17, 2016

11:30 am


Derreck Smith

Canada Leads the U.S. in Assisted Dying: Hear About their New Law

Canada has an assisted dying law for the entire country, which may include voluntary euthanasia rather than just self-administration; and, may extend its provisions to people not just terminally ill. Derryck Smith, a Vancouver psychiatrist who has been on the forefront, will explain what's happened — and what more may happen — to expand the law for our Northern neighbors, especially now in liberal Québec.


Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach

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Sunday, September 18, 2016


Hemlock Chat:


Derreck Smith
Derryck Smith, MD, Canada, on Assisted Dying in CANADA

Hear Dr. Derryck Smith, a Vancouver based psychiatrist and right-to-die activist explain how Canada, and especially Catholic-dominated Québec—got ahead of the U.S. in assisted dying.

Dr. Smith He is Past President of the BC Medical Association and a past board member of the Canadian Medical Association. Dr. Smith is a Clinical Professor Emeritus with the Department of Psychiatry and is active in clinical teaching of medical students and residents. He is a past president of the Medical Legal Society and was Chair of the Board for the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services Society and is a Dying With Dignity Canada Board Member.


Sponsor: The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Cost: Free
Location: Scottish Rite Event Center, Mission Valley, 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

1:30 pm-3:30pm

Hemlock Chat


Live and Let DieRight to Die Film Festival : Live and Let Go: An American Death

You have never seen a documentary like this! Independent, patriotic, realistic, optimistic, terminally ill Sam Niver plans his own death — with the help of his two adult children! Join us to see this remarkable film!

Hemlock Chat to follow. Refreshments too!


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Cost: Free
Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA

Trolley to the Library !
The green line runs every 15-20 minutes on Sundays from 12th and Imperial, through Little Italy and Fashion Valley.From Santee it goes past Alvarado Medical Center, SDSU and Qualcomm Stadium.
Click here timetables

The Mission Valley Library is about 100 feet from the Fenton Parkway stop, the walk is ADA compliant.
Click here for the trolley map

Click here for map
to library from Fenton Parkway trolley stop

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November 20, 2016

Dr. James Dunford, city of San Diego Medical Examiner will let us know when and when not to call 911, what they will do or not, and how to make your wishes known.


News from the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies Conference in AmsterdamFaye Girsh with award from

Faye Girsh, HSSD President and founder, was given the Marilyn Sequin Award 2016 at the June World Federation Conference in Amsterdam. Here she is holding the plaque which reads "In honor of her longstanding dedication to the Right to Die, in the World and in the USA."

Girsh chaired a session at the Conference for NuTech covering the use of Nitrogen, testing drugs bought on the internet, and the new oral formula for self-deliverance.

HSSD Board member Bill Simmons gave a paper on the use of the term "dignicide" in discussing peaceful self-deliverance.

HSSD member Mary Frumkin, with Bill Simmons, served as HSSD delegates to the Conference. Girsh was a delegate from ERGO in Derek Humphry's place.

World Federation of Right to Die Societies View summaries of some of the talks given at the World Federation of Right to Die Societies



ethics report

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

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An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering.
-Campaign for Dignity in Dying


California has a new version of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) effective 1/1/16

more info

Registering Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD) with CA Secretary of State

 For a small fee, you can register your AHCD with the Secretary of State's Office to ensure that, wherever you may be, your health provider will have access to it. When you register, you have the option of providing a PDF (that an officially identified health provider can then download) or indicate its location.

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Featured Articles

DIGNICIDE -- By William Simmons - Presentation at at the Euthanasia-2016 Conference World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies Amsterdam, May 12, 2016

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

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