Patients Rights Action Fund
Use the downloadable resources on this page to better understand the dangers of assisted suicide laws. Please help us educate others by sharing these resources with your friends, family, neighbors, and legislators.
8 Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide
Learn the facts and get informed on why assisted suicide legislation is so dangerous for those most vulnerable in our society.
Get the Truth
The truth about assisted suicide is not as simple as it seems. Assisted suicide is currently legal in only eight states and the District of Columbia. See our infograph.
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Assisted Suicide Targets Individuals with Disabilities
Independent federal study finds assisted suicide laws rife with dangers to people with disabilites. (40 Minute Overview)
Assisted Suicide: The Bait & Switch
Legislators are persuaded by the bait of supposed “safeguards” for patients to enact laws to legalize assisted suicide. As has been witnessed over time, proponents then do a switch, claiming the “safeguards” they originally touted are now “barriers.”
If assisted suicide is legal, lives will be lost due to mistakes, abuse, or lack of better options…
State Status Map
There is no federal law preventing assisted suicide. Thus, each state determines their own laws and regulations. Understand the status of Assisted Suicide Laws in your state.
Conjoining assisted suicide and euthanasia with organ harvesting, a concept once thought ghoulish and inconceivable, is now being painted as responsible and enlightened.
Mental health conditions are ignored.
Depressed patients get the lethal drugs.
Lethal experimental drug combinations used for assisted suicide cause complications for patients.
The Tragic Reality of Veteran Suicides in Oregon
Significantly higher than the national veteran suicide rate…
People of Color
Assisted suicide laws place people of color and people from other marginalized communities at increased risk of deadly harm due to racial disparities in healthcare.
Assisted suicide proponents are doing a bait and switch – they use “safeguards” to convince legislators
to pass the bills only to strip away those same precautions a few years later.
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
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
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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