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The “right to die” has become one of the most polarizing social issues of our time ever since Derek Humphry founded the Hemlock Society more than thirty years ago. If anything, the issue has become even more contentious. Here are some of the questions we will discuss at our up-coming meeting:

What does it mean to have the right to die? Who has this right?
Why has this question become so important in recent years?
Who are the supporters of the “right to die” movement? What are their arguments?
Who are the opponents? What are their objections?
A brief history of the movement to legalize the “right to die”.
What do we mean by “assisted suicide”?. What are the risks? How does it differ from euthanasia?

Claudia O’Callaghan, M.A. will moderate the discussion Claudia is a geriatric care manager and long-term-care consultant in San Francisco.

After the discussion we will go to a nearby coffee shop or restaurant for further discussion and get to know one another better.


“A Life or Death Situation” – The New York Times Magazine, July 17, 2013

(Maragret Pabst Battin, a professor of philosophy and bio-ethics at the University of Utah faces a moral dilemma when her husband becomes a quadriplegic as the result of a bicycle accident in 2008)

“The Suicide Tourist”, March, 2010, A Frontline presentation of PBS,

2012 award-winning French film, AMOUR, “a film of heartbreaking beauty” (A husband finds a “final solution” to what seems like a hopeless situation). Available on Netflix

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  • Laura M.

    Last post here - I post regularly on lots of taboo subjects at my Facebook page called "Our Taboo Museum"

    "‘I’m a monster’: Belgian man dies by medical euthanasia after botched sex change operation"

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Laura M.

    CBC radio - Twenty years after Sue Rodriguez case, many assisted suicide questions remain -

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Marty

    Thanks, Laura, I agree - great session on Saturday, and thanks also for the link. See everyone soon. Marty

    September 9, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Great great discussion! Lots of good points raised. No consensus even attempted but just hearing so many different perspectives was a very rich experience.

    September 9, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Very informative and helpful discussion. Here's a link to David Webb's talk, which I referred to -

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all: just returned from Sonoma: too tired.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't been to the San Francisco Women's Building. Is there a particular room to meet in?

    August 25, 2013

    • Claudia O.

      Yes, it's upstairs, but there will be a notice in the lobby.

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • Agnieszka

    I wish I could attend this but I'm going to a wedding that day. Next time!

    September 2, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Important intriguing issue. I am looking forward to this discussion.

    August 6, 2013

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