The Next Great Civil Right
The Right to Die

    Most of us in this country will die some sort of managed death. Someone will inevitably make decisions for us about our treatment as death approaches.  Why not have that someone be YOU!

    There are currently three organizations in the USA promoting the right to die: Final Exit Network (FEN) (; Compassion and Choices (C&C) (, and Death with Dignity National Center (

Additionally, there are 45 member organizations, as of March 2012, representing 25 countries of The World Federation of Right to Die Societies ( If you want more information, justification or rationalization about the right of self- determination at the end of life, see any of the web sites listed above.

    The only such active groups in Tucson and Green Valley are the local Final Exit Network (FEN) groups.  If you want me to speak to your group about this issue, or want to contact Tucson FEN, please click here.

    David Hume said (in his Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul):  “That suicide may often be consistent with interest and with our duty to ourselves no one can question, who allows that age, sickness, or misfortune may render life a burden, and make it worse than annihilation.”

    After the sentence quoted above Hume adds “I believe no man ever threw away life, while it was worth keeping. For such is our natural horror of death”, and Schopenhauer makes the same observation “But the terrors of death offer considerable resistance….”

    Schopenhauer was also confident about the rationality of suicide, “It will generally be found that, as soon as the terrors of life outweigh the terrors of death, a man will put an end to his life” (Parerga and Paralipomena).


 “Making someone die in a way that others approve, but he believes is a horrifying contradiction of his life,  is a devastating, odious form of tyranny.”  Ronald Dworkin in Life’s Dominion




How to Join and Become a Member of Final Exit Network:
Either call 866-654-9156 
or email
or join on line at

"Join us now so we may be with you later."




How Does Your Donation Help Final Exit Network?

Your donation goes to our national Final Exit Network (FEN) organization, yet helps our Arizona Affiliate greatly.

We are one of, if not the most, active affiliates in the country.
FEN national covers expenses incurred by our local volunteer leadership team.
         Donations help our local events, including:
● Advertising
● Brochures and other written material we distribute
● Rental of meeting places
● Sponsoring a FEN booth at a local seniors' exposition
● Handouts for our public meetings and training/educational members only events
● Signage, etc. These all add up, as you well know.

On the national level, your donations help with:
● A big expense is the transportation and lodging for the 40+ Exit Guides who fly across the country, two at a time, to be with our members as needed 
● National quarterly newsletter
● Another expense, regrettably, is for legal defense against scurrilous law suits
● And there are 3 women who are paid nominally to keep up national membership records, working from their homes. That's it: no offices, no staff.

 FEN does not have any slick telemarketers, planned giving campaigns, or fundraising agents. Donations come by word of mouth.

Please know that we thank you and are most appreciative of any donation you can give.

We depend upon volunteers. If there is any other way you would like to help, please contact:

John Abraham, AZ FEN Affiliate Coordinator
520-235-5646 or 

 Two more ways your donations/memberships help:

● Your membership in FEN includes free use of the National US Living Will Registry.

● Your donations enable considerable training: now members who have no one else here may use well-equipped volunteers serving as Advocates.

These are not Exit Guides. They are what Arizona calls "Health Care Representative" or "Surrogate" who may take on Health Care Power of Attorney.
Please contact us for details about these.

Thank you once again.

"Be With Us Now so We May Be With You Later."

Please consider including FEN in your will.



Derek Humphry with John Abraham, Tucson November 2013
Derek Humphry with John Abraham, Tucson November 2013
Derek Humphry Addressing 300 Enthusiastic Listeners in Green Valley, November 2013
Derek Humphry Addressing 300 Enthusiastic Listeners in Green Valley, November 2013
Final Exit Network National Senior Medical Advisor
Dr. Richard "Dick" MacDonald Addressing about 70 of us Tucson, February 12, 2014