The fact that no major nationwide disability rights group supports physician-assisted suicide should be a clear sign that there are significant problems associated with the legislation that’s been filed in Maryland. In many cases, people with disabilities have faced systemic discrimination in the healthcare system, often with healthcare professionals and other caretakers who do not believe their life is valuable.
This systemic discrimination raises concerns for people with disabilities when it comes to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS). It is a concern raised by disability advocates and organizations around the country. Disability groups’ and advocates make the point that most people with terminal illness at one point will become disabled. One of their biggest concerns is that proponents of the legislation are characterizing a disability as a loss of dignity.