Freedom to Die

People, Politics, and the Right-To-Die Movement

By Derek Humphrey; Mary Clement
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312194154, 384pp.)

Publication Date: September 1998

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Derek Humphry, author of the number one New York Times bestseller, Final Exit (1991), and the founder of the Hemlock Society, has joined forces with attorney Mary Clement to write Freedom to Die, which places this civil rights story within the framework of American social history. More than a chronology of the movement, this book explores the inner motivations of an entire society, and traces the movement from Karen Quinlan, to the individual on the deathbed, to the resistance of the government, the medical profession, and religious groups.

Even though the American public through polls has demonstrated that it wants the right to choose, the issue has, like abortion and gay rights, become increasingly incendiary. Intelligent, sober, and deeply controversial, this book, with its deep ethical framework, does for the right-to-die movement what And the Band Played On did for AIDS.

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