[ExI] Alcor, California, and the right to die

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 08:11:58 UTC 2015

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> Now that California has joined Oregon Washington Montana and Vermont in
> becoming a right to die state I wonder if it would be wise for Alcor to
> open a branch office just over the border of their home state of Arizona.
> Or maybe, if they thought there was any chance of success, they could lobby
> the state legislators to pass similar laws in Arizona; but Arizona is
> pretty conservative so that might be hopeless.

### Yes, this also crossed my mind but there are lots of issues to be dealt
with. Would Arizona arrest those who transport a euthanized body across
state lines as accessories to murder? Would the coroner take the body out
of the cooling box, stash in his morgue, and slice its brain just to be
sure it's really dead?

This would need to be approached with utmost care and always trying to
elicit cooperation of the legislature before any action. If Alcor could
start receiving patients who choose the time of deanimation, and therefore
may be in a much better state, we could have a quantum leap in the quality
of suspension, especially if high-pressure gas persufflation pans out as a
cryonics technique.

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