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World Leaders in Right to Die with Dignity Movement to Meet in Chicago
Members of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, comprising 52 organizations in 27 countries, will meet in ChicagoSeptember 17-21. Hosting is Final Exit Network, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization serving members in the United States who are suffering from intolerable physical conditions and are considering ending their misery and their lives.
presenters will include the giants of our global movement,
death-with-dignity's forerunners. Each speaker has historically played
an important part in allowing our collective voice to be heard. They
will air developments in their respective countries and discuss issues
that break current barriers, such as old -age rational suicide and
euthanasia for consenting children. Their stories are replete with
risk-taking, courage, and drama. Audience members will reap from this
conference a far deeper understanding of the issues involved.
the delegates' presentations – no matter how controversial,
leading-edge, and provocative - will be open to the press. Among them
will be those from the Netherlands and Switzerland
and others from the vanguard of the Movement, our "elders," with wisdom
and experience to share. The full program and speaker biographies are
available at http://www.wfconf2014.com/
will be welcomed by a video recording of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's
sharing his support of assisted dying. As a colleague and friend of the
late Nelson Mandela he was critical of the drawn-out and undignified death of South Africa's most famous leader.
The international alliance of The World Federation of Right to Die Societies, http://www.worldrtd.net/ has gathered en masse every other year since 1976. In the last decade, conferences were held in Tokyo ('04), Toronto ('06), Paris ('08), Melbourne ('10) and Zurich
('12). U.S. organizations traveled diligently wherever meetings were
held, but for 14 years the WF has not met in our home country. This
year, World Federation President Dr. Faye Girsh will welcome the delegates back to the U.S.
is an all-volunteer, 3000 -member organization that offers counseling,
support, and specific information on self-deliverance if a member wants
to explore that option. FEN President Stephenson stresses that "FEN does
not encourage anyone to end his or her life, does not provide the means
to do so, and does not actively assist in the person's death. We do,
however, believe in the ultimate human right of people to end their life
when medical circumstances justify that choice, and we support them in
whatever choice they make."
the U.S., only Final Exit Network supports qualified members who are
not "terminal" (with a projected 6 months left to live), because some
serious diseases create years of misery before that final stage is