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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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Assisted suicide: Is it simply death over disability?

The public policy debate surrounding assisted suicide, and whether or not it should become a normalized component of our health care system, has once again intensified in California. While proponents have waged an aggressive public relations campaign to re-brand assisted suicide as “death with dignity” and “aid in dying,” we must ask ourselves if this is really just death over disability. The debate concerning end of life care has historically been rooted in left versus right, progressive versus conservative, and religious versus secular views, but in reality it is a fight between those with means and the unfortunate masses without. 

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Does Brittany Maynard’s decision affect the future of oncology?

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Would you base a life or death decision based on one doctor’s opinion? One research article? Google searches? What would it take?

I recently read that Brittany Maynard took her own life. Plagued by glioblastoma, she chose to reject chemotherapy, radiation, and hospice. Tomorrow, I have a schedule packed with glioblastoma patients who personify courage, determination, and faith.

Glioblastoma (GBM) is a primary brain cancer that spreads along the “glue” of the brain, destroying healthy brain and stealing function as it grows. It is one of the worst diagnoses in all of oncology to receive, as it is always terminal. As a neuro-oncologist, it is my “bread and butter” disease.

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N.J.'s consideration of legalizing assisted suicide needs deeper study

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November 20, 2014

By Charles C. Camosy

 

Late Thursday night, and driven largely by new energy from the national story of Brittany Maynard, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill in favor of assisted suicide. Gov. Chris Christie will almost certainly veto it, and the Senate doesn’t appear to have the votes for passage. But even if the bill is unlikely to pass in the near term, Assemblyman John Burzichelli believes it’s “just a matter of at what point” a bill like this will pass in New Jersey.

 

This is overconfidence. The debate about assisted suicide has tremendous complexity—complexity that turns conventional political wisdom on its head.

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Doblin: Let's be honest: Assembly bill is about suicide, not dignity

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NOVEMBER 17, 2014

BY ALFRED P. DOBLIN

I AM not evil. According to Brittany Maynard, I am. Maynard was the 29-year-old terminally ill woman who moved from California to Oregon so she could commit suicide on Nov. 1. I am not evil, and I refuse to be an apologist for what we are talking about across these not-so-United States. The New Jersey Death With Dignity Act is mislabeled. The function of such a law is to allow people to end their lives — and that is called suicide.

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