Category Archives: op-ed

NCIL’s Lindsay Baran & NDY’s Anne Sommers Collaborate on Op-Ed in Washington Examiner

As NDY previously reported, Lindsay Baran of the National Council on Independent Living, Anne Sommers of NDY and several other disability advocates testified on July 10th against an assisted suicide bill pending before the District of Columbia Council Health and Human Services Committee.  The NDY blog on the DC hearing included a video of Anne … Continue reading NCIL’s Lindsay Baran & NDY’s Anne Sommers Collaborate on Op-Ed in Washington Examiner

Coleman Op-Ed: Why disability rights advocates oppose assisted suicide

This past Monday, the Syracuse Post Standard published an op-ed I wrote that gives a bit of the history behind the position that so many national disability groups have taken in opposing assisted suicide laws.  Our position often surprises people because we are also such strong supporters of self-determination by people with disabilities, but we … Continue reading Coleman Op-Ed: Why disability rights advocates oppose assisted suicide

San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Debra J Saunders Discusses Class, Race and Privilege in Assisted Suicide Debate

Since Not Dead Yet started, we’ve seen that the proponents of assisted suicide consist of what we call the “4 W’s” – the white, well-off, worried worried well. That hasn’t changed. Last week, columnist Debra J. Saunders discussed the role that class, income and race play out in the debate in that state over legalization … Continue reading San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Debra J Saunders Discusses Class, Race and Privilege in Assisted Suicide Debate

Georgetown Voice – “Death Without Dignity: The Dangers of Assisted Suicide” by Lydia Brown

Disability rights activists, scholars and advocates are familiar with Lydia Brown, whose writings, presentations, advocacy and activism have had a big impact in and outside of the disability community over the past few years. Today, the college newspaper Georgetown Voice published a response and counter to an editorial that endorsed a proposal that would legalize … Continue reading Georgetown Voice – “Death Without Dignity: The Dangers of Assisted Suicide” by Lydia Brown

Two Disability Advocates Respond to Two Assisted Suicide Proponents with Disabilities

On July 25, 2014, two individuals with disabilities had an op ed published in a Montana newspaper, the Missoulian, that called for a strong response from disability rights advocates, which came in the form of two great letters published in the same paper. On August 7th, a letter by a disability advocate and former wheelchair racing … Continue reading Two Disability Advocates Respond to Two Assisted Suicide Proponents with Disabilities