February 7, 2004 March 5, 2004Meeting Report

February 22, 2004

State of the Assisted Suicide Movement

The scheduled speaker was unavailable. Fortunately Jackie Walden, a retired medical anthropologist and a member of End of Life Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) was in the audience and graciously agreed to come to the lectern to field questions regarding assisted suicide.

We had a cordial, wide-ranging discussion of the topic that included everything from the current state of the law in Oregon and elsewhere to practical suggestions for people facing a terminal illness.

Jackie Walden herself is involved with Caring Friends, a part of the End of Life Choices organization that is active in assisting people in understanding their end of life options. Caring Friends, she made very clear, does not assist with any suicides. 

New HAGSA Board

There were enough HAGSA members in good standing to form a quorum and the new Board was confirmed by acclamation.

Report prepared by Wayne Luney, HAGSA Recorder


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