Front Page of the Chicago Tribune

Right to die: Final Exit Network targeted by authorities, west suburban man’s plan to kill himself with right-to-die group’s help is on hold

Kurt Perry is a 26-year-old man suffering from a neurological condition (Charcot-Marie-Tooth, or CMT) that leads to weakness in the extremities.

For three years, Perry had come to rely on these Final Exit “guides” for emotional support. He also counted on them being present, but not participating, on the Thursday he planned to “hasten his death”—a phrase the group prefers to euthanasia.

“In a way, Final Exit Network is another family,” Perry explained. “They listen to me and give me advice about how to go through my life . . . until my decision is made and I’ve suffered enough.”

Later in the article one of the Final Exit volunteers asserts, “It’s compassionate. It’s one human being with another human being as they pass from living to dying.”

No, that’s what hospice is.  This is the intentional killing (the suicide) of a person who needs true compassion.

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