“EUGENE, Ore. Feb. 8, 1990 — Derek Humphry gained fame when he helped his first wife commit suicide to end her agony from terminal breast cancer at the age of 42.
Less than a year later he married Ann Wickett Humphry, and together they founded the Hemlock Society, dedicated to what they call ”assisted suicide” and ”self-deliverance” for the dying.
Now, Ann Humphry has developed breast cancer herself. And Derek Humphry has left her, 15 years after his first wife, Jean, drank a cup of coffee laced with secobarbital and codeine he had mixed for her.
Obscure Group Is Shaken
The dissolution of the Humphrys’ marriage under such circumstances has shaken the Hemlock Society, a once obscure group that has seen its controversial message of voluntary euthanasia become vastly more accepted in recent years as a result of the AIDS epidemic.
Throughout the month of October 2014, many people followed the story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer patient who planned to take her own life. Compassion and Choices, a pro-assisted suicide group, created an online sympathy card for Brittany for their own gain.
What people did not know who signed it? Their names would be placed on a petition to legalize assisted suicide in all 50 states.
Katie Buck, a friend of Human Life Alliance who signed the card, did some undercover work to expose the organization’s deceptive activity.
This is what the [L.A. Times] editorial had to say about opponents of assisted suicide: ”The Roman Catholic Church and other groups will almost certainly have strong objections to such a law, but their moral codes should not be imposed on those with different beliefs.” But Marilyn was clearly not talking about “moral codes” and “beliefs.”
There you have it. The Humanist Religion will run over anyone with different beliefs.-Ed.
California Senators Bill Monning (D) and Lois Wolk (D) are the sponsors of SB-128 End Of Life Option Act. To send them a message online, you need an account HERE. Then, go to the Bill’s page and click the Tab “Comments To Author.”
Dear Senator Wolk,
Why do you want doctors to become common murderers? I don’t understand how you can make this sweeping change to every physician’s sworn duty to do no harm but to heal and care for. The bill will change every physician’s image in the minds of citizens as common killers. Compassion & Choices changed their name from the Hemlock Society so they could twist the arms of people like you. As a senior on Medicare, I can no longer trust a doctor to give me or my family the care we want.
As for Brittany Maynard’s brain tumor, there have been others who survived and lived to tell about it.
What you are proposing is an intrinsic evil. Shame on you! We will fight you.
Nina D. Rhea
Comment by a doctor: “Every competent adult HAS the right to end their own life. Suicide is legal in all 50 states. This law would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide. Please leave us doctors out of it – we became doctors because we want to HEAL people, not KILL them. “
TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC TEACHING: We are to unite ourselves with Christ’s suffering on His Cross. Suffering is our pathway to our salvation!
Jesus said, “And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:38 Douay-Rheims Bible
Holidays are the perfect time to share end-of-life wishes
The Lord does not want his children to suffer. So why are we allowing it as a society?
By Methodist Minister Ignacio Castuera
~Pro-Abortion and Assisted Suicide~
Keywords: aid in dying, a.k.a. death with dignity a.k.a. assisted suicide; Brittany Maynard; legislators
BAKERSFIELD, CA. December 26, 2014– “Compassion & Choices has launched a dynamic campaign in California to make aid in dying an open, available, legitimate practice in the Golden State. A number of legislators have expressed support for such a bill, and we are currently crafting the language for legislation that will be introduced in January.
“In July, 64 percent of Californians said they supported aid in dying, according to a poll by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research. But that poll was conducted before Brittany’s story galvanized nationwide support for death with dignity, so it likely underestimates demand for this choice in the state. In fact, a recent online HealthDay/Harris Poll survey shows an overwhelming 74 percent of American adults now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives. Only 14 percent were opposed. [ The poll did not mention “suicide.”-editor]
“Across California, our organizers are on the ground talking to hundreds of people each week, building our supporter list and recruiting and training volunteers to do the same. We are meeting with local, county and statewide elected officials and community leaders for endorsements. We are working to pass resolutions supporting end-of-life options and to deprioritize prosecutions of physicians who practice aid in dying in cities and counties across the state. We are building alliances with other organizations and partnerships with key state leaders. We invite you to join us in asking candidates and elected representatives to support aid in dying in the Golden State.
“Death should be a time of peace, not a time of stress because no one bothered to have a conversation about their own or their loved ones’ end-of-life wishes. Let’s make the most of our family gatherings. Let’s start end-of-life conversations with our parents and our abuelitos [grandparents] to learn about the kind of medical care they would or would not want at the end of their lives.
“As a family of God, we are called to act with compassion and goodwill to help make aid in dying an open and accessible medical practice in California. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, very patient and full of faithful love.
Ideologues from 1960’s counter culture — homosexuals, feminists, drug cultists, hippy or Communist preachers — are gathering once again. This time they are attempting to impose their views about dying. They are obsessive about slogans: “a perfect death,” “death with dignity,” etc.
Updated July 17, 2015
If Planned Parenthood’s abortionist didn’t kill you in your mother’s womb, then leave it up to the Hemlock Society to finish the job.
The Hemlock Society, dba Compassion & Choice$
As you look into the backgrounds of these people and their connections in government, medicine, abortion, counter-culture drugs, you ought to be very, very concerned that these same agitators have powerful influences over what will happen to you when you are in a hospital or ambulance.
The Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera has a long history of studied activism for causes most people used to consider unpopular and are becoming mainstream. Dr. Castuera became the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America for six years before his retirement. The right to choose at any point in a person’s life is sacred, according to Ignacio, and securing the right for a compassionate end of life is particularly so.
The Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera currently serves at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA and also as the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Rev Castuera, [is] a member of the Steering Committee of Freedom to Marry.
Jaren Ducker, Treasurer
She has been board president for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver Public Library Commission, and the ACLU of Colorado’s treasurer. She received the Margaret Sanger Award for exemplary leadership in furthering reproductive rights and the Carl Whitehead Award for lifetime contributions to civil liberties. Jaren has long been committed to end-of-life choice and brings to Compassion & Choices that passion along with her extensive board experience.
Board of Advisors
co-authored with Timothy Leary
Dr. Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) is a ’60s counter-culture icon, author and spiritual teacher.
Mickey MacIntyre, Chief Program Officer, ex officio – Funding Czar
Mickey has built nonprofit civil rights organizations and served as an architect of social change movements for years. In the past decade alone, he provided fundraising and development consultation to over 1,000 organizations including Human Rights Campaign [for same-sex marriage], Disability Funders Network, Black AIDS Institute and the American Red Cross. As chief program officer, Mickey integrates core Compassion & Choices services of advocacy, consultation, education and outreach while setting and guiding the strategic direction of the organization.
Broaddus is a longtime LGBT activist in San Francisco. In January 2015 she was named director of Equality Federation. Article. She married Janice Wells in 2004. The marriage was officiated by California Senator Mark Leno*. SF Gate article.
*In 2015, Senator Leno became a principle co-author of SB128. He voted Yes to pass SB 128 the highly controversial end-of-life bill. The bill passed in the full senate. But it failed in the assembly health committee.
* aka Baba Ram Dass, the acid-taking pal of Timothy Leary (Leary died stoned on acid). He is a Buddhist. His typically hippy-like child-like un-Christian writings about death can be found on his website.
Example of his views on death: “The Tibetan Book of the Dead was used by Tibetan Buddhist lamas to read to fellow lamas as they were dying, and for forty-nine days after their death. Tim Leary, Ralph Metzner, and I began to see the Book in metaphorical terms as the story of psychological death and rebirth, even though it was originally intended as a guide through the process of physical death and rebirth. I now think that the idea of dying and being born into truth, or wisdom, or spirit is really what our business is when we talk about death. When you extricate yourself from the solid identification with your body, you begin to have the spaciousness to allow for the possibility that death is a part of the process of life – rather than the end of life. I feel this very deeply.” Taken from “Dying is Absolutely Safe.”
Robert Matheson squires his grandmother, Ruth Buchanan, and her favorite dachshund, Cinderella, across the porch to receive guests for an event for friends and family to learn more about the work of leading national nonprofit Compassion & Choices.
Mickey MacIntyre, C&C fund raising czar
Mickey MacIntyre, Compassion & Choices’ CPO, tells about the organization’s aggressive push to have active Death with Dignity Campaigns in 20 states by the year 2020.
Cocktails and Conversation on Expanding End-of-Life Choice at Beaulieu with hosts Ruth Buchanan and Bonnie Matheson
The Newport season saw its second event at Beaulieu — the summer home of Washington, D.C., doyenne Ruth Buchanan — this time sans orchestra and dancing. An intimate coterie of friends and family gathered on her 50′ wide slate porch overlooking the cliff walk and Atlantic for the cocktail hour to learn more about the work of leading national nonprofit Compassion & Choices. Its mission for the past 32 years has been to expand choice and improve care at the end of life. That includes making death with dignity — the medical practice of aid in dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults — a legitimate, open and accessible option. Currently, this option is expressly legal in five states, and Compassion & Choices is running campaigns to establish this basic human right in six others with a goal of 20 by the year 2020.
Ruth told her guests: “I watched both of my late husbands have terribly painful and drawn-out deaths because they didn’t plan ahead [by naming resolute healthcare proxies and completing comprehensive advance directives]. They hadn’t spoken to their families about their own deeply held end-of-life values and shared what truly living meant to them. I hope each of you — including my own children and grandchildren — gathered here will not make the same mistakes. Life for me is more than just existing, and I don’t want to be here if I can’t truly enjoy all of it — especially dancing!”
Ruth, still “tripping the light fantastic” well into her 90s, has been supporting the death-with-dignity movement since 1996, when late husband was in serious decline. She sought out and received sound advice from Compassion & Choices end-of-life consultants. This spring, she was initially approached with a request to meet with the organization’s Washington, D.C.-based staff to discuss the possibility of hosting an event in Newport. With her signature wit, a rye smile and a gimlet eye, from across the room she jokingly quipped, “Tell them, “I’m not ready for them yet!”
However, despite two other events on her dance card that day, she held court with a drink in hand while admonishing her guests to “live life and get as much enjoyment out of it as you can. Make absolutely sure your family – especially your children – knows what you want when that’s no longer happening. Compassion & Choices is here to help us. Please join me in supporting them.”
Ronald Fleming, his guest Phoebe visiting for the season from England – and Leilani Brenner discuss the lively debate currently in process in the House of Lords on an “Assisted Dying” bill modeled after the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. Phoebe shared that Lord Carey, the recently retired Archbishop of Canterbury, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu both support the assisted-dying legislation.
Jared Hughes [in purple bow tie] is Compassion & Choices’ Major Gifts Officer. Mickey MacIntyre [in black suit] chief program officer of Compassion & Choices, discusses death-with-dignity legal strategy with Ronald Lee Fleming, Eugene Bowie Roberts, Jr. (a member of the Vanderbilt Family) and his wife, Lynn Springer Roberts, visiting from (a soon-to-be death with dignity campaign state) Maryland.
From the “Wish We Had A Movie Star Spokesperson” department…
A young patient with brain cancer moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s PAS law (physician assisted suicide).
Hemlock Society Logo
AGGRESSIVE AD CAMPAIGN: NOW IT BEGINS
After gathering information I conclude that this is an aggressive ad campaign by the Hemlock Society, aka Compassion & Choices. So far I have seen their slick video ON THE NEWS twice, yesterday and today. As the video plays one can see clearly the C&C logo.
The Sacramento local news is asking for viewer opinions!
A brief Internet search indicates C&C’s top notch PUBLIC RELATIONS dept. — headed by former Planned Parenthood public policy director — is on a roll.
The story has made a media feeding frenzy: New York Times, People Magazine, CNN, and local news.
In fact, the C&C website has gotten so many hits it keeps crashing.
CAMPAIGN TO EXPAND EUTHANASIA
The poor suffering cancer patient is now the namesake of an unethical campaign, THE BRITTANY MAYNARD FUND, “an initiative of C&C to expand the death-with-dignity option to all.“
During the last days of her life, Maynard plans to raise awareness of end-of-life rights by working with life-rights advocacy organization Compassion & Choices and The Brittany Maynard Fund. Fox News.
ARE THEY TELLING THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT BRITTANY?
There are questions that need answering: Where are photos of her as a sick person? All the photos shows a healthy woman. Is she really sick? Are we expected to just take this on face value?
The new name is working because just yesterday — 10/09/2013 — at the annual Hemlock Society’s fund raiser, the keynote speaker was the CEO of the OREGON HOSPICE ASSOCIATION. Read that again. The event was held at an influential gathering place in an upscale neighborhood, the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Known as the MAC Club, it is an exclusive private club for Portland’s wealthy professionals. Well, now Hemlock has access to the rich elderly who place their trust in Oregon’s ‘Death With Dignity’ law.
Local Right-to-Die luminaries celebrate the Oregon Hospice Association . . . why are they smiling??
OHA board chair Eric Alexander, OHA CEO Deborah Whiting Jaques, former Oregon gov. Barbara Roberts, and Meg McCauley resource dev. dir. Source.
Humphrey has a website to sell his how-to-kill-yourself book; and this book is available in the public libraries across the country!!! Who will rat this guy out? Oh, I forgot: it’s been tried. According to anti-euthanasia expert and author RITA MARKER, in her book she exposes how he murdered the parent of his first wife. He drove his second wife to suicide.
SOURCE: “DEADLY COMPASSION: The Death of ANN HUMPHREY [Derek’s second wife] and the Truth About Euthanasia” by Rita Marker — available for free download at Patients Rights Council (click the link).
“Portland’s suicide rate higher than the nation”
(Oregon Live — September 30, 2013) Every four days, someone in Portland dies from suicide, making the city’s suicide rate almost three times higher than the national rate. [Note: Doctor-prescribed suicides are not included in the numbers since OR law requires such deaths to be listed as “natural.”]
Oregon’s assisted suicide law, itself, allows the lethal dose to be administered without oversight. This creates the opportunity for an heir, or someone else who will benefit from the patient’s death, to administer the lethal dose to the patient without the patient’s consent. Even if he struggled, who would know?
The Hemlock Society has a new name, “Compassion and Choices.” Watch this video of Democrat from Oregon Rep. 3rd District Earl Blumenauer speak in 2010 at their Portland headquarters, where assisted suicide was legalized in 1997.
My rule: use their original name, the Hemlock Society.
Their life’s work: DEATH.
VIDEO — Click HEREto watch Earl Blumenauer at Oregon Hemlock Society in 2010.
The Hemlock Society was co-founded by advocates of mercy killing aka euthanasia. The founders were primarily Humanists. (Just like the founders of Planned Parenthood.)
COMPASSION & CHOICES‘ Oregon tag line: A Resource for Oregonians Planning A DEATH WITH DIGNITY. C&C is located in all 50 states in the U.S.
Important Pro-Euthanasia Spokesperson:
Derek Humphry is the Hemlock Society co-founder. Resides in Oregon. He writes about the name change HERE, saying that Hemlock Society was there to help people end their lives when ” . . . dying, trapped in a ruined body, or just plain terminally old and tired of life.”
Important Anti-Euthanasia Organizations, Resources