We hold that mentally competent adults who suffer from a terminal illness, from intractable physical pain, or from a constellation of chronic or progressive physical disabilities, or who face an impending loss of autonomy and selfhood through dementia, have a basic human right to choose to end their lives when they judge their quality of life to be unacceptable.
We hold that a mentally competent person with intolerable suffering or pain has the right to end his or her life, choosing the timing and persons present, and should be free of any restrictions by the law, clergy, medical profession, friends or relatives.
We do not encourage anyone to end their life and are opposed to anyone encouraging anyone to end their life.
We do not provide the means for self-deliverance and we do not assist in self-deliverance.
We support research for safe, inexpensive medications or other safe, certain and painless methods that would allow for a peaceful self-deliverance.
We will vigorously defend our beliefs and practices in a court of law when necessary.
Who is the Final Exit Network (FEN)
We are a US national volunteer organization, with approximately 3000 members across the United States. We are led by active volunteers who provide board leadership, training, give speeches, advocate for our beliefs and provide exit guide services for approved applicants.
FEN is a 501 (C)(3) tax qualified organization. Members’ dues and donations contribute to the advancement of the basic human right of autonomy in making life choices and are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
We have a small paid administrative staff, that manages information and records for FEN, and the rest of member dues and donations go to supporting our services and legal challenges.
We are a member of the World Federation of Right to Die Society and keep abreast of worldwide activities in the death-with-dignity movements around the world.
We support research into safe, certain, painless and peaceful methods for self-deliverance.
We support efforts to require doctors and hospitals to recognize and follow people’s advanced directives and other end-of-life choices.
We, like other death-with-dignity organizations such as Compassion and Choices and the Death with Dignity National Center, support working to change the laws of the land, but FEN does not actively pursue legislative change. We feel that the current Death-With-Dignity laws are necessary, but not sufficient to meet the needs of a multitude of people who are excluded by the provisions of these existing laws. Our primary focus is supporting approved applicants.
Through our legal efforts to support people’s rights to self-deliverance, we seek to clarify existing laws that are ambiguous as to self-deliverance and possibly extend them where appropriate. We retain legal counsel with special expertise in end-of-life and free speech issues.
Whose Life is it, Anyway?
Ours is the human and civil rights cause of this century, just as women’s suffrage was in the 20’s, racial rights in the 60’s, and rights of the disabled in the 90’s. Medical advances have created longer lives and sometimes, ironically, longer and more torturous deaths. While we applaud efforts that seek legislative change, until laws are in place to protect the right of every adult to a peaceful, dignified death, Final Exit Network will be there to support those who need relief from their suffering today.
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Phone: (866) 654-9156
Final Exit Network Mailing Address:
Final Exit Network, P.O. Box 10071, Tallahassee, FL 32303
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