Final Exit Network president to talk death at Ridgedale Library

(photo by Fillmore Photography)In the late '90s Dr. Jack Kevorkian, while standing trial for second-degree murder, stirred up great controversy and national debate over doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Enter Jerry Dincin, president of Final Exit Network. His organization provides counseling and instruction for any individual seeking to end his life, regardless of whether he has a terminal health status.

Though the Final Exit Network doesn't require those seeking suicide assistance to be terminally ill--defined as six months or less to live--they do require that individuals "have an incurable condition which causes intolerable suffering." Entrants "must be cognitively functional," and may denied entrance into the program if "family, friends, or caregivers know about the patient's plans and are strongly opposed."

This Sunday, Dincin will be in town to discuss the policies and mission statement of FEN, as well as the legal woes the organization has faced recently. Dincin was appointed president approximately one month ago, after previous president Ted Goodwin was arrested by the state of Georgia. Goodwin is charged with allegedly aiding in the suicide of a long-time FEN member. As a result of this trial, all of FEN's bank accounts have been frozen and several other members were arrested in a multi-state sting operation.

Dincin's talk will be 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Ridgedale Public Library (12601 Ridgedale Dr., Hopkins). The talk is free. Following the lecture will be a Minnesota Atheists Business Meeting, with a dinner buffet at Wanderer's Garden (13059 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka) at 4 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information on the lecture, click here. For more info on the Final Exit Network, check out their website here.