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John Kelly Examines Legislators’ Arguments Leading to Victory in Maine

Not Dead Yet testimony featured in defeat of Maine assisted suicide bill The situation was tense. The Maine State Senate had pulled off a stunner by passing assisted suicide bill LD 347 by a vote of 16-15. We were nervous because two years ago, it was the Senate that saved the day by stopping a … Continue reading John Kelly Examines Legislators’ Arguments Leading to Victory in Maine

Surprise Assisted Suicide Committee Vote Scheduled in NY; NDY Letter

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

Assisted suicide bills that have failed in 2016

The Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF) just sent out a very helpful summary of the failures of assisted suicide bills in 2016 so far.  Quoting from the PRAF press release: Overview of where assisted suicide bill have been rejected so far in 2016: Maryland – This week assisted suicide proponents withdrew legislation noting to the … Continue reading Assisted suicide bills that have failed in 2016

NDY Board Chair Anne Sommers delivers powerful testimony (video)

The disability community turned out in force to oppose an assisted suicide bill currently pending in the District of Columbia, and our help is still needed. The DC Council’s Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing on the bill (B21-38) on July 10th, and NDY’s Board Chair, Anne Sommers, delivered powerful testimony. Her full … Continue reading NDY Board Chair Anne Sommers delivers powerful testimony (video)

Maryland: Assisted Suicide Bills Killed Quietly in Committees – Updates on California and Rhode Island

Good news – for now – in Maryland.  According to the Baltimore Sun: Hope ended Wednesday for those who wanted Maryland to pass a “death with dignity” law this year. Leaders of two key committees considering a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe medicine to help terminally ill patients end their lives decided … Continue reading Maryland: Assisted Suicide Bills Killed Quietly in Committees – Updates on California and Rhode Island