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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

John Kelly’s Letter Published in the Cape Cod Times

Not Dead Yet New England Regional Director John Kelly sent a letter to the editor last week after the Cape Cod Times published Rabbi Elias Lieberman’s opinion piece promoting legalized assisted suicide. In the lead up to the 2012 referendum on assisted suicide, Rabbi Lieberman invited John to take part in a panel discussion about … Continue reading John Kelly’s Letter Published in the Cape Cod Times

John Kelly: Assisted Suicide Laws and Bills “Riddled with Falsehoods”

On March 29, Not Dead Yet New England Regional Coordinator and Second Thoughts Massachusetts Director John Kelly testified against New Hampshire Bill SB426, which would establish an “end-of-life choices study commission.” Using the euphemisms of proponents like Compassion & Choices against the bill, John lists the ways in which the bill is “riddled with falsehoods.” … Continue reading John Kelly: Assisted Suicide Laws and Bills “Riddled with Falsehoods”

John Kelly: Not Dead Yet and Second Thoughts make strong showing at Rhode Island hearing

Chair gives “Not Dead Yet” an “A” for best name of the evening Disability rights advocates from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts testified on March 24 before the House Health Education and Welfare Committee that it should have “second thoughts” about assisted suicide bill HB 7659. We pitted the harsh realities of assisted suicide laws … Continue reading John Kelly: Not Dead Yet and Second Thoughts make strong showing at Rhode Island hearing

Disability Advocates in Massachusetts Conduct Legislative Briefing Against Assisted Suicide

Today, John Kelly led a well attended legislative briefing by disability rights advocates who oppose the state’s assisted suicide bill, H 1991.  In anticipation of the legislative committee hearing on assisted  suicide scheduled in Massachusetts on Tuesday, October 27th, the briefing received some excellent news coverage: Physician-assisted suicide bill sparks Massachusetts debate Hearing on assisted … Continue reading Disability Advocates in Massachusetts Conduct Legislative Briefing Against Assisted Suicide