Category Archives: court decisions

NDY Files Statement With Canadian Panel on Carter Case

On February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada issued a horrific ruling in the case of Carter v. Canada.  How horrific?  The Court held: Section 241 (b) and s. 14  of the Criminal Code  unjustifiably infringe s. 7  of the Charter  and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician‑assisted death for a … Continue reading NDY Files Statement With Canadian Panel on Carter Case

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Online Suicide Predator Melchert-Dinkel Protected by First Amendment

Yesterday, March 19th, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision that affects two cases in Minnesota.  From the Christian Science Monitor: The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the convictions of a former nurse accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves. The court ruled that the language in the state’s … Continue reading Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Online Suicide Predator Melchert-Dinkel Protected by First Amendment

DREDF Urges New Mexico Attorney General to Appeal Lower Court Assisted Suicide Ruling

As our regular readers know, disability rights advocates have already spoken out against the recent New Mexico District Court ruling exempting assisted suicides of people with a “terminal” prognosis from the state law against assisted suicide.  NDY published a blog about the ruling and the Albuquerque Journal carried an op-ed by Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy … Continue reading DREDF Urges New Mexico Attorney General to Appeal Lower Court Assisted Suicide Ruling

DREDF Senior Policy Analyst Weighs In On New Mexico Assisted Suicide Case

There’s been no shortage of reactions to the New Mexico lower court ruling enjoining prosecutions of physician assisted suicide in that state, but we rarely see the disability perspective hit the mainstream press so quickly as Marilyn Golden’s op ed in the Albuquerque Journal. In Assisted suicide full of dangers, which appeared in the Journal’s … Continue reading DREDF Senior Policy Analyst Weighs In On New Mexico Assisted Suicide Case

New Mexico Lower Court Parrots the Language and Platitudes of Assisted Suicide Advocacy Groups

As many of our readers have heard by now, a New Mexico Second Judicial District Judge has ruled that the state constitution establishes a fundamental right of people who are diagnosed as terminally ill to receive a lethal prescription from a doctor, with a corresponding right of the doctor not to be prosecuted under the … Continue reading New Mexico Lower Court Parrots the Language and Platitudes of Assisted Suicide Advocacy Groups