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    The mission of the Patients' Rights Action Fund (PRAF) is to provide financial and strategic support throughout the U.S. to protect the rights of patients and people with disabilities by opposing doctor prescribed suicide legislation. PRAF is the national coordinated movement to oppose efforts to make suicide a medical treatment and to promote measures that protect patients' civil rights. We connect new and existing grassroots organizations to build coalitions that oppose doctor prescribed suicide on the state level. We track and follow legalization efforts across multiple states, and provide resources to strategic opposition efforts. Read More
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A raw view of assisted suicide from a woman living with a disability

ottawa citizen

by Catherine Frazee

October 14, 2014

At the heart of this debate, we must choose between competing visions of our social fabric. Shall we uncritically submit to the voracious demands of individual liberty no matter what the social cost? Or shall we agree that there are limits to individual freedom, limits that serve all of us when we are vulnerable and in decline?

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Locals debate assisted suicide: should it be legal?


Disability Rights advocate Diane Coleman discusses Brittany Maynard's tragic illness as well as the broader affect assisted suicide has on society.

..."Where assisted suicide is legal there is a blanket, an immunity that covers all of that and there is no investigation, no questions asked and the door for that needs to remain open not closed. Because of the real risks that old, ill and disabled people face in this society."

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Death with dignity?


October 15, 2014

Opponents of the Death with Dignity law say assisted dying raises a number of serious and potentially dangerous issues. 

“When you combine assisted suicide with a profit-driven health system, that’s a deadly mix,” said Marilyn Golden, a senior policy analyst at the Berkeley-based Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. 

Golden gives the example of Oregon cancer patient Barbara Wagner, who she says was refused costly doctor-prescribed chemotherapy by her insurance company. But Golden said insurance did cover the $300 cost of the lethal drug. 

“Insurers are under pressure to deny life-sustaining treatments that could cost thousands of dollars when they have this much cheaper option,” Golden said.

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Disability Rights responds to Brittany Maynard's tragic illness



Media Advisory: Disability Groups Respond to Compassion and Choices' Advocacy for Assisted Suicide Legislation in Connection With Brittany Maynard's Tragic Illness

Not Dead Yet, Second Thoughts and Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund are responding to Compassion and Choices' public relations campaign to advocate for assisted suicide legislation in connection with Brittany Maynard's tragic illness. Compassion and Choices is an assisted suicide advocacy group.

Rochester, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2014

Response from Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Not Dead Yet and Second Thoughts:

"Once again, Compassion & Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society, is pushing legalization of assisted suicide by exploiting an individual terminal prognosis. Disability advocates are deeply sympathetic to Brittany Maynard, and all people suffering a terminal, serious or chronic illness. Legalization of assisted suicide often looks acceptable when the focus is solely on an individual.

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