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Derek Humphry Biography

President of the Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO)
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Individual freedom requires that all persons be allowed to control their own destiny, especially at life’s end. Existing law does not permit this basic right. Therefore, the law must be reformed to permit a terminally ill patient the right to request and receive the assistance of a physician in dying. The reformed law must protect those who willingly provide assistance, and it must protect society against abuse…

This is the ultimate civil liberty, the freedom to select one’s own manner of dying without interference fro others, but with help if we choose.”

Lawful Exit: The Limits of Freedom for Help in Dying, 1994

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO), 1993-present
  • Recipient, The Saba Medal for services to the world right-to-die movement, 2000
  • Recipient, The Socrates Award for right-to-die activism, 1997
  • Recipient, fifth annual Robert Green Memorial Award (USA) for distinguished contribution to the movement for death with dignity, 1992
  • Founder and Executive Director, Hemlock Society, 1980-1992
  • Editor, Hemlock Quarterly, 1982-1992
  • Editor, Euthanasia Review, 1986-1988
  • Journalist, Sunday Times, 1966-1978
  • Former Editor, Luton News and Havering Recorder
  • Former Reporter, Bristol Evening World, Evening World, Manchester Evening News, and the Daily Mail
  • Recipient, Martin Luther King Memorial Prize (UK) for Because They’re Black, 1972
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  • Born on Apr. 29, 1930 in Bath, England
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