The right-to-die means the power to choose death.
There are three basic divisions of this right:
1. Voluntary death chosen by the patient.
2. Merciful death chosen by proxies for the patient.
3. Life-ending decisions chosen by the physician.

    This portal does not support
any of the harmful or criminal variation of these rights:
1. Coerced or manipulated death or any form of irrational suicide.
2. Mercy-killing or any form of choosing death for others without authorization.
3. Unreasonable ending of medical treatment or any other means of causing premature death.

Organizations supporting the right-to-die:

Instead of listing individual organizations,
of which there are many world-wide,
here is the umbrella organization,
which will lead you to whatever groups seem most interesting to you:
The World Federation of Right to Die Societies

Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions

This website explores the creation of new and better safeguards
to prevent premature death, irrational suicide,
and other abuses of the right-to-die.

How to Die:
Safeguards for the Life-Ending Decisions

A free 500-page book which can be read by anyone with Internet access:
PART ONE: Permitting Chosen Death: Worries, Problems, Abuses, & Mistakes
PART TWO: Defining Terms for the Right-to-Die
PART THREE: 26 Recommended Safeguards Life-Ending Decisions
PART FOUR: Planning Our Own Deaths
PART FIVE: Deciding Death for Others
PART SIX: Changing Laws Concerning the Right-to-Die
Preparing for Death
Advance Directives for Medical Care
Helping Patients to Die
Supporting the Right-to-Die
Opposing the Right-to-Die

Causing Premature Death

Draft legislation to replace all state or national laws against assisting suicide
and to approve chosen deaths under appropriate safeguards.
Section V presents
26 safeguards (A-Z)
to separate premature deaths (harmful crimes)
from life-ending decisions that are not premature (helpful, non-crimes).

Several advantages of this form of legislation
in contrast to the more conventional gentle-poison laws are discussed here:
Advantages of the Premature-Death Approach to the Right-to-Die

Voluntary Death by Dehydration: Questions & Answers

This portal raises and answers common questions
about this method of choosing a voluntary death or a merciful death.

Assisted Suicide

This portal gathers information about repealing laws against 'assisting suicide'.

A Facebook Group has been established for 
Right-to-Die Legislators.

The Hospice Cooperation Project

This website seeks better cooperation between
the hospice movement and the right-to-die movement.

Discussing Degrees of Mental Decline

When patients are experiencing problems like senility and dementia at the end of their lives,
their proxies must make their medical decisions for them.

 Right-to-Die Minnesota

This is a website, Facebook Page, & e-mailing list
for people who want to change Minnesota laws with respect to the right-to-die.

Annotated Bibliographies:

Best Books on the Right-to-Die

These books explore every dimension of the right-to-die.

Books Opposing the Right-to-Die

These books present several arguments against the right-to-die.

Best Books on Voluntary Death

Voluntary deaths are deaths definitely chosen by patient.
These books often detail the process of deciding when to die.

Books on Helping Patients to Die

Professional health-care workers and others
who help people to end of their lives.

First Books on Voluntary Death by Dehydration

A simple, painless way to die.

Medical Methods of Choosing Death

(1) increasing pain-medication,
(2) terminal sedation,
(3) withdrawing all curative treatments and life-supports, &
(4) medical dehydration.

Terminal Medical Care from the Consumer's Point of View

What happens to ordinary patients dying in modern hospitals?

Books on Terminal Care (mostly by doctors)

Several doctors share their experiences with dying patients.

On-line Essays and Chapters on the Right-to-Die:

Will this Death be an "Irrational Suicide" or a "Voluntary Death"?

Irrational suicide is: harmful, irrational, capricious, & regrettable.
Voluntary death is: helpful, rational, well-planned, & admirable.

Will this Death be a "Mercy-Killing" or a "Merciful Death"?

Mercy-killing is: harmful, irrational, capricious, & regrettable.
Merciful death is:
helpful, rational, well-planned, & admirable.

Fifteen Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions

The case for the right-to-die will be advanced
if advocates of the right-to-die create workable safeguards
that will be accepted even by some of the people
who originally opposed all forms of the right-to-die.

Four Legal Methods of Choosing Death

We now have the following legal methods to end our lives:
1. increasing pain medication; 2. terminal sedation;
3. withdrawing life-supports; 4. voluntary dehydration.

Choosing Your Date of Death:
How to Achieve a Timely Death
Not too Soon, Not too Late

This chapter explores the possibility
of weighing all possible factors
to choose the ideal time to die.

Voluntary Death by Dehydration

Giving up food and fluids might be the best way to choose death.

Working for the Right-to-Die

This is a three-page chapter from
Becoming More Authentic:
The Positive Side of Existentialism .

Watch Your Language!
A continuing series on the expressions we use in the right-to-die debate:

"physican-assisted suicide"
"physician aid-in-dying"

"gentle death"

"life-ending chemicals"

"hastened death"
"timely death"

Created February 1, 2004; revised and expanded several times, including: 5-13-2010; 4-5-2012; 10-11-2012; 1-20-2015;

A similar portal collects information about 

Advance Directives for Medical Care .  

Go to the DEATH index page.

Go to the Medical Ethics index page.

Go to the opening page for this website:
An Existential Philosopher's Museum .

The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the page author.
The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by the University of Minnesota.