Patients Rights Action Fund
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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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    The movement to legalize doctor prescribed suicide is gaining momentum, but we have had significant victories in the fight to protect patients, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable. Success in these battles is not possible without your support. Please consider making a financial contribution to our cause and staying connected with us by signing up for our email alerts. We can't do it without your help. Read More
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    PRAF is only as strong as our network of supporters. Stay connected and help us fight to protect patients' and people with disabilities' civil rights. Please sign up for our email alerts and consider making a financial contribution to our cause. We can't do it without your help. Read More
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Assisted Suicide and Disability a Deadly Combination


Sacramento Bee, 4/24/14

As I feared when Brittany Maynard went so public with her decision to end her life through assisted suicide, there are attempts to pass death with dignity laws across the nation. In California, our Legislature is considering Senate Bill 128.

I am so grateful that many disability groups have expressed opposition to this bill, which can lead to abuses. While it’s meant to apply only to terminal illnesses, I fear that individuals with significant disabilities could be pressured by their insurers to agree their condition is terminal. Many more may come to believe they are an inconvenience to their families and it’s their “duty to die.” Still other disabled individuals may suffer from depression and find it tempting to consider assisted suicide as a way out.

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Say 'no' to assisted-suicide expansion


By John B. Kelly

Even as the Oregon-based Death with Dignity National Center and other assisted suicide proponents continue to insist that "there have been no efforts to expand either (Oregon or Washington's) law beyond their strict guidelines," here comes House Bill 3337, which would stretch the meaning of terminal illness from six months to 12 months.

Oregon became the first state to legalize assisted suicide in part by highlighting so-called "safeguards" like the requirement that people have a "terminal disease" -- the prediction by two doctors that "within reasonable medical judgment" a person would die inside six months. But even at six months, the death knell of "terminal" was arbitrary and approximate. Studies have shown that 15 to 20 percent of the supposedly "terminally ill" outlive their prognosis, leading to our current situation whereby six-month hospice programs discharge 200,000 people yearly for living too long!

Read more: Say 'no' to assisted-suicide expansion

Not Dead Yet Applauds Second Thoughts Connecticut As Disability Advocates Prepare to Testify Against Assisted Suicide Bill


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Not Dead Yet applauds Second Thoughts Connecticut, as disability advocates held a press conference Monday and now prepare to testify against an assisted suicide bill (HB 7015) at a Connecticut House Judiciary Committee hearing being held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Not Dead Yet’s New England regional director John Kelly is also submitting written testimony opposed to the bill.

Read more: Not Dead Yet Applauds Second Thoughts Connecticut As Disability Advocates Prepare to Testify...

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