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Victories of 2024

Update on State Victories We have two exciting victories in the fight against assisted suicide! Maryland will not be going forward with an assisted suicide bill, a huge win for our side! Additionally, the Virginia bill SB 280, which had passed in the Senate, failed to move forward in the House – despite last ditch

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Statement for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Statement on Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Dolly’s World is overseen by a Wisconsin matriarch with dementia who surrounds herself with dolls and lovingly cares for them. Just as her dolls need her, she also needs 24/7 care which her family provides by taking turns to stay with her and keeping the public aware of what goes

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Psychiatrists Warn of Assisted Suicide for Mental Illness

Psychiatrists Warn of Assisted Suicide for Mental Illness A recent article in the National Post discussed the differences that several Canadian psychiatrists have when discussing assisted suicide for those with mental illness. Several psychiatrists oppose extending Canada’s assisted suicide laws and the fact that they put vulnerable people at risk of deadly harm. Below is

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Summary of Massachusetts Hearing 10/20/23

Summary of Massachusetts Hearing Last Friday on October 20th, 2023 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., Massachusetts civil rights champions assembled and outnumbered assisted suicide proponents at the Massachusetts State House to ask Massachusetts legislators to once again vote “NO” to the dangerous and discriminatory public policy of assisted suicide. Notable testimony was provided by

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Cathy Ludlum Comments on Assisted Suicide Bill – Connecticut

Cathy Ludlum Comments on Assisted Suicide Bill in Connecticut Cathy Ludlum gave many helpful comments on the proposed assisted suicide bill in Connecticut. You can find the original article here. Read her comments below: “The very real likelihood of misdiagnosis, misprognosis, abuse and error is just enormous,” Cathy Ludlum, head of the grassroots organization Second

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50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act

50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act On this, the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act, and on the heels of the HHS’ announcement two weeks ago to update and significantly strengthen its nondiscrimination regulations in Section 504 in health and human service programs and activities, the National Institutes of Health officially designated people with disabilities as

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Matt Vallière in the LA Times

Matt Vallière in the Los Angeles Times Thanks to the LA Times for sharing Matt’s letter, which strongly opposes assisted suicide laws. Read his letter to the editor below: Steve Lopez asks, “Will the option [of assisted suicide] be there for others?” To plaintiffs in the referenced lawsuit and many in the disability, older adult

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33rd Anniversary of ADA

Celebrating 33 Years of the ADA Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On this day, July 26th, 1990, the ADA was signed and enshrined civil rights protections into law for people with disabilities. Today and every ADA anniversary, the Patients’ Rights Action Fund (PRAF) celebrates the

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Advocates for Assisted Suicide Begin to Fear the Case in California

Advocates for Assisted Suicide Begin to Fear the Case in California Proponents of assisted suicide are beginning to write articles and speak up about their worries and opposition to the case filed in California to end assisted suicide.  While the initial response to this groundbreaking case was severely delayed, opinion pieces and statements of opposition

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Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo Praised for Veto of Assisted Suicide Bill

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo Praised for Veto of Assisted Suicide Bill The Patients’ Rights Action Fund and its numerous allies in the disability, medical, and religious communities commend Governor Joe Lombardo for his veto of SB 239, legislation that would have for the first time legalized assisted suicide in Nevada.   “The bill contained deadly harm

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Appeal in Shavelson Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed

Appeal in Shavelson Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed In 2022, proponents of assisted suicide attempted to move into allowing euthanasia by filing a lawsuit in federal court, Shavelson, M.D. et al v. California Department of Health Care Services, claiming that the provision in California law which requires that lethal drugs be self-administered is unconstitutional. Proponents lost at

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April State Status Update

April State Status Update We celebrate victories in Connecticut, Maryland, and New Mexico! CONNECTICUT: Assisted suicide was defeated once again in Connecticut. Connecticut Legislature rejected the latest effort to legalize assisted suicide and bill SB1076 did not go forward.  Once again, the state of Connecticut has made the right decision to protect patients. MARYLAND: The

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Maryland and Washington Psychiatric Societies Oppose Assisted Suicide

Maryland and Washington Psychiatric Societies Oppose Assisted Suicide We are grateful for the bold statement from the Maryland and Washington Psychiatric Societies commenting on the issues and dangers of assisted suicide, particularly as it pertains to people with psychiatric disabilities.    “Many serious medical conditions are known to cause a variety of capacity-impairing mental disorders,

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DEA Comments

Comments on the Proposed DEA Regulation The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has proposed a regulation which will require an in-person visit between doctor and patient prior to the prescribing of certain drugs. While telehealth provides access for many patients with chronic disease or disability – there is the opportunity for abuse. We believe a nuanced

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Once the Door is Opened to Euthanasia, the Slope will Slip

Once the Door is Opened to Euthanasia, the Slope will Slip Recently, Dr. Mark S. Komrad provided comments on the sickening story of a Belgian criminal euthanized at the end of February, 2023. His words provide exceptional insight into the ever slippery slope of assisted suicide. Read his insight below:   This story I find

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Mental Illness is not a Terminal Diagnosis

Mental Illness is not a Terminal Diagnosis Canada announced a delay in the implementation of assisted suicide for people with mental health disabilities. Since this delay, many proponents of and advocates against these laws have spoken up about this decision. Mr. Ashley Geddes wrote an article in the Alberta Times covering some of the reactions

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Life With Dignity

Life With Dignity In our pandemic strained, profit-driven health care system, intractable pain and the fear of unimaginable suffering is not one of the top five reasons surveyed that many of society’s most vulnerable feel driven towards assisted suicide; Loss of autonomy, dignity and the perceived fear of being a burden to family, friends and

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Canada’s Expansion in the World Medical Journal

Canada’s Expansion in the World Medical Journal The World Medical Journal shared a compelling article on the dangerous expansions in Canada’s assisted suicide laws. The article reveals that Canada implemented their expansion to allow assisted suicide for patients with mental illness, and did so with a lack of evidence-based decision making, medical expert input, or

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Patient’s Rights Action Fund Statement on Decision in Kligler Case

Patient’s Rights Action Fund Statement on Decision in Kligler Case 12-21-2022 The Court Made the Right Decision   The following is a statement from Matt Vallière, Executive Director of the Patient’s Rights Action Fund.   In rejecting Kligler v. Healey, in which supporters of assisted suicide were seeking to exempt the practice from the Commonwealth’s case

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