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.