VENTURA : 'Final Exit' Author to Address Group

The author of "Final Exit," a best-selling book on suicide for the terminally ill, will speak at an inaugural meeting of the Ventura County chapter of the Hemlock Society on Jan. 11 in Ventura.

Author Derek Humphry's book has sold more than 500,000 copies since its publication in May, drawing attention to a movement that seeks to legalize physician aid in dying.

It has also spurred the formation of several new chapters of the national Hemlock Society, including one in Ventura County and another in Northridge.

Humphry, executive director of the 47,000-member society, is expected to address public response to his book and the future of the right-to-die movement.

The Ventura meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4949 Foothill Road.

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