Category Archives: better dead than disabled

Carol Cleigh Sutton: I Oppose Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Because It Is Ableist

The very heart of the argument for assisted suicide/euthanasia (AS/E) is that an individual may be better off dead than disabled. The fact that this argument can be made in respectable public forums demonstrates just how ableist this society is. How deeply the severely abled fear and loathe those of us who live with disability. … Continue reading Carol Cleigh Sutton: I Oppose Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Because It Is Ableist

NDY Statement on the First Anniversary of the Sagamihara Murders

[Editor’s note: Disability advocates in Japan requested this Statement which was written by Stephen Drake, NDY’s Research Analyst, and will be translated and read during a ceremony to be held on July 26, 2017 honoring the victims of the Sagamihara murders.] One year ago, 19 disabled people were brutally stabbed to death by a young … Continue reading NDY Statement on the First Anniversary of the Sagamihara Murders

Anita Cameron: 5 Mistaken Reasons Why People Want Doctor Prescribed Suicide

I sometimes hear these thoughts and feelings expressed, so I want to share my responses. 1.  I want the freedom, choice and the right to end my life when I want to. That freedom and choice already exists. When the pain of an illness gets to be too much, you can decide using a number … Continue reading Anita Cameron: 5 Mistaken Reasons Why People Want Doctor Prescribed Suicide

Carrie Ann Lucas Public Radio Interview About Jerika Bolen – A Captioned Video

[Thanks to John Kelly and Frankie Symonds for creating this video. Carrie is among those who received recognition from New Mobility for trying to save Jerika’s life.] Last July, news broke that Appleton, Wisconsin 14-year-old Jerika Bolen had decided to die because of the extreme pain she was in, pain attributed to her genetic condition, … Continue reading Carrie Ann Lucas Public Radio Interview About Jerika Bolen – A Captioned Video

John Kelly: Movies Can Send A Dangerous Message About Suicide and Disability

As we have been covering since spring, here, here, here and here, disability rights advocates around the country, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand held protests against the movie “Me Before You” for its hateful message that some disabled people are better off dead. John shares the same disability as the fictional Will in the movie, … Continue reading John Kelly: Movies Can Send A Dangerous Message About Suicide and Disability