“If these bills pass, some people’s lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse,”Rochester, NY (PRWEB) January 15, 2015
Disability rights advocates are preparing to work in broad coalition with medical and other groups that oppose legalization of assisted suicide, as proponents announce plans to introduce bills in several states in the wake of Brittany Maynard’s tragic death. Representatives of Not Dead Yet, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund and Second Thoughts are available for interviews.
“If these bills pass, some people’s lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse,” said Marilyn Golden, senior policy analyst with the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. “No safeguards have ever been enacted or proposed that can prevent this outcome, which can never be undone.”Assisted suicide legislation was defeated last year in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts by a broad coalition of disability rights organizations, medical associations and professionals, palliative care specialists, hospice workers and right to life groups. Similar coalitions are forming in many states in 2015 to oppose assisted suicide bills.
The following individuals are disability rights advocates who are experts and active on the issue of assisted suicide and able to speak on the record.
Senior Policy Analyst
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
John B. Kelly
Not Dead Yet