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).
What ties together hospice care, the Hemlock Society
, assisted suicide, and living wills is the quest for personal autonomy.
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.
He valued quality of life over mere longevity (He was the inspiration for the name of the right-to-die organization, The Hemlock Society
) Socrates enjoined us to think for ourselves and examine the preconceptions of the day using his Socratic method of critical questioning and dialogue.
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.
In a fast about-face, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant is now accepting ads from the Hemlock Society
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
He even set up his own euthanasia group The Hemlock Society
, but said he could not have helped mentally ill Rose.