I know I shouldn’t be surprised anymore when pro-assisted suicide advocates convince legislators to spring a surprise committee hearing or vote on us. On a worldwide basis, the assisted suicide movement has declared the disability community to be their enemy #1. We have first hand experience with economic oppression, societal devaluation and various forms of … Continue reading Surprise Assisted Suicide Committee Vote Scheduled in NY; NDY Letter
On Tuesday, May 10th, two van loads of disability rights activists from the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY joined with center for independent living advocates from across the state to oppose bills that would legalize assisted suicide. The activists began by occupying a pro-assisted suicide press conference room, wearing hot pink tshirts and … Continue reading New York NDY Activists Occupied Pro-Assisted Suicide Press Conference
A clear and welcome ruling came down Tuesday, May 3rd, from the NY Appellate Division in an assisted suicide case in which NDY filed a friend-of-the-court brief joined by ten other national and state disability organizations. The Court found no constitutional right to assisted suicide. Below is an excerpt from the 36-page decision: [P]laintiffs rely … Continue reading Victory in New York Appellate Division!
Steve Gold, who has long served as a disability rights attorney for both ADAPT and NDY, just had his letter published in the New York Times. It’s the second letter in a group responding to a recent pro-assisted suicide opinion by the NYT editorial board. Here’s Steve’s excellent letter: To the Editor: You equate the … Continue reading Steve Gold’s Letter Published in NY Times, & One by Diane Coleman in Des Moines Register
Dear Disability Rights Supporter: Twenty years ago, on April 27th, at a disability rights gathering in Dallas, Bob Kafka, one of the leaders of ADAPT, said to me, “I’ve got a name for your group.” For years, ADAPT had been supportive of disability advocacy to challenge the assisted suicide movement and other deadly forms of … Continue reading NDY Celebrating 20 Years in the Fight for Our Lives