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Status of the Right-to-Die Movement: Who Determines How You Die? You or the Vatican? (Grand Rapids)

March 28, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for a lecture featuring Bernie Klein, former Secretary of Final Exit Network, a national volunteer organization dedicated to working toward obtaining the rights of competent adults who are suffering from irreversible illness and who no longer want to live to be able to end their lives on their own terms.

Issues around death and dying are not often openly discussed, and many people don’t think that these issues are yet to affect them. But what does effect everyone is the right to a death with dignity.

Mr Klein’s talk will include the status of assisted suicide in the United States and worldwide, including the two recent court cases in Arizona & Georgia. He will speak about the Final Exit Network and the need for personal advance directives for end of life, as well as issues surrounding Vatican control of Catholic hospitals and their impact on your wishes about end of life care.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Bernie Klein

Former Officer, Board of Directors, Final Exit Network

Bernie Klein, former officer of the Final Exit Network Board of Directors, worked in engineering for 32 years. After leaving that field he went to the University of Michigan, earning his Masters in Social Work and working as a chemical dependency therapist until retirement. In addition to his 'day job', Bernie has been actively involved with many volunteer programs throughout the years, including a food rescue program, a child bereavement program, Motor Wheels, and for the last 21+ years, a patient escort at Planned Parenthood. He has served on the Board of Hemlock of Michigan and the Board of Final Exit Network. Final Exit Network is a national volunteer organization dedicated to legalizing physician aid in dying and assisted suicide. He is also a trained Exit Guide for this right to die organization. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors at RX For Care at End of Life. Bernie has been active in the right-to-die movement since 1998.