Hemlock Society

Hemlock Society

a group who provide information about euthanasia and suicide for terminally ill patients.
An American non-profit research and education organization, whose agenda is to increase public awareness of options for the terminally ill, and provide reference materials for interested parties—e.g., students, bioethicists, lawyers, and others—in part about assisted suicide

Hem·lock So·ci·e·ty

(hem'lok sŏ-sī'ĕ-tē)
An organization devoted to the theories and procedures of suicide and euthanasia, whether by the patient's acting alone or with the assistance of the physician. Now restructured and renamed Compassion and Choices.

Hemlock Society

(hĕm′lŏk″)
An organization that publishes information about physician-assisted suicide, and decisions by patients regarding end-of-life choices. Address: P.O. Box 101810, Denver, CO 80250. Telephone: 800-247-7421. Website: www.hemlock.org.
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In the days following the Shields piece, few letters appeared in the paper's letters section warning that the polity think twice, maybe three times, before voting its support of the old Hemlock Society, now renamed Compassion & Choices.
The place he turned to was the Hemlock Society, founded in 1980 with a mission of fighting to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill adults.
He was the founding president of the Hemlock Society, cofounder of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Religion, a leader of the Los Angeles chapters of the American Humanist Association and the Ethical Culture Society, and in 1989 he received the AHA's Humanist of the Year award.
In 1980, he founded the Hemlock Society to help change laws prohibiting assisted suicide as well as share information about suicide methods.
Kevorkian is surrounded by an intriguing roster of characters, including his sister Margot (Vaccaro), friend and sometimes-collaborator Neil t John Goodman) and the head of the local Hemlock Society, Janet Good (Susan Sarandon).
Together, these four movements--hospice, Hemlock Society, living wills, and assisted suicide--represent a powerful democratic expression of the wish for individual autonomy in old age, chronic illness, and disability.
Judging by the figures from Sylvia Canetto's study of the Hemlock Society (Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, September 2001) and Jack Kavorkian's 'mercy killing,' women greatly outnumber men as victims of euthanasia.
Nitschke - who was due to present his device at a national euthanasia conference of The Hemlock Society USA in San Diego next week - continued his journey without the device, reported Reuters.
Courant is now accepting ads from the Hemlock Society (HS).
If we do not cross the border into Ecotopia by June 5th, 2015 we can hang it up, go home and call the Hemlock Society for advice.
He even set up his own euthanasia group The Hemlock Society, but said he could not have helped mentally ill Rose.