23 April 2013, WINNIPEG, MB
According to media reports, Susan Griffiths’ assisted suicide will likely occur on Thursday (25 April 2013) at a Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland. Members of the Canadian disability community, who oppose assisted suicide, are available to discuss their concerns about assisted suicide with the media on Wednesday (24 April 2013) and Thursday (25 April 2013). Their contact information is listed below.
Attached you will find “Suicide Celebration Instead of Suicide Prevention”, an Op-Ed article by Amy Hasbrouck of Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet Canada, a project of CCD. In her article, Hasbrouck questions why Griffiths has not been offered suicide prevention support. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a national organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada.
The following are available to discuss the Susan Griffiths case:
Amy Hasbrouck, Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet (Canada), Tel.: 450-921-3057, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Available for interviews in French and English.)
Laurie Beachell, CCD National Coordinator, Tel.: 204-947-0303, Email: email@example.com
Dean Richert, Co-chair CCD Ending of Life Ethics Committee, Tel.: (204) 989-2775, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nancy Hansen, PhD, Director, Interdisciplinary Master’s Program, University of Manitoba, Tel.: 204-474-6458, Email: Nancy.Hansen@ad.umanitoba.ca
Ruth Enns, Author, Tel.: 204-831-7952, Email: email@example.com
Clare Simpson, Tel.: 204-947-0303, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Watters, Chairperson, MLPD Ethics Committee, Tel.:204-945-5304, Email: email@example.com