Category Archives: suicide

John Kelly: Movies Can Send A Dangerous Message About Suicide and Disability

As we have been covering since spring, here, here, here and here, disability rights advocates around the country, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand held protests against the movie “Me Before You” for its hateful message that some disabled people are better off dead. John shares the same disability as the fictional Will in the movie, … Continue reading John Kelly: Movies Can Send A Dangerous Message About Suicide and Disability

Robin Williams and the Hypocrisy of Suicide Prevention Organizations

The sudden emergence of suicide prevention organizations and their representatives in the media responding to the death of Robin Williams has been mind-blowingly outrageous to me – I track the suicide coverage – assisted and non-assisted – of old, ill and disabled people regularly. It’s part of my job. A near-constant in reading and watching … Continue reading Robin Williams and the Hypocrisy of Suicide Prevention Organizations

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

Response to NYT Front Page Public Relations “Article” Promoting Assisted Suicide

(Editor’s note: The following is a revised version of an op-ed I drafted in response to the front page story published in the New York Times on February 8.  ‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States was written by reporter Erick Eckholm. We’ve been informed that that the Times isn’t considering any op-eds … Continue reading Response to NYT Front Page Public Relations “Article” Promoting Assisted Suicide

Arizona Daily Star: Derek Humphry and Columnist Push “New Frontier” on Assisted Suicide

I have to preface this article with an admission.  I had a lot to do with how this article turned out.  Columnist Tim Steller called Diane Coleman Friday (Nov 1) afternoon wanting to interview her about an upcoming visit to the area by Derek Humphry, who would apparently be talking about assisted suicide for people … Continue reading Arizona Daily Star: Derek Humphry and Columnist Push “New Frontier” on Assisted Suicide