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Good Opinion Items in Washington Post and Newsday

The Washington Post “Health 202” newsletter published an encouraging opinion piece this week entitled “Legalizing assisted suicide has stalled at every level.” According to the piece, in 2017 “bills were either quashed in committee or passed one legislative chamber but not the other. That was the case even in states run by Democrats, including Connecticut, Rhode … Continue reading Good Opinion Items in Washington Post and Newsday

Short and Strong: John Kelly’s Testimony in Massachusetts

[Editor’s note: This is a belated sharing. On Sept. 26th, I was on vacation and John Kelly had the flu. Nevertheless, and ever intrepid, John ensured that his testimony opposing the Massachusetts assisted suicide bill was delivered by John Robinson to the Health Committee. It’s short and well worth a read.] September 26, 2017 My … Continue reading Short and Strong: John Kelly’s Testimony in Massachusetts

NDY Submission to United Nations Criticizes Proposal To Support Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Submission re: Draft General Comment on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Right to Life October 6, 2017 Executive Summary Not Dead Yet USA is a national, grassroots disability rights group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia as deadly forms of discrimination against old, ill and disabled … Continue reading NDY Submission to United Nations Criticizes Proposal To Support Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

NDY UK Relieved By High Court Ruling in Assisted Suicide Case

In a case brought in the U.K. by Noel Conway, a man with motor neuron disease, the High Court ruled against overturning legal protections against assisted suicide. Not Dead Yet U.K., which made a submission in the case, issued the following press release when the ruling came out. PRESS RELEASE: Disabled campaigners pleased that High … Continue reading NDY UK Relieved By High Court Ruling in Assisted Suicide Case

NDY Submits Public Comment on Proposal on Living Organ Donation By “Persons With Certain Fatal Diseases”

This is a complicated subject. It impacts people with disabilities in multiple ways, both as organ donors and recipients. But the tone and recommendations of the proposal by the Ethics Committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network needed a response. Some excerpts follow. The organ transplant program saves lives, including some of our organization’s … Continue reading NDY Submits Public Comment on Proposal on Living Organ Donation By “Persons With Certain Fatal Diseases”