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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New Mexico court strikes down ruling that allowed assisted suicide

Decision a blow to right-to-die movement in one of few states permitting euthanasia

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The New Mexico Court of Appeals handed a defeat to the right-to-die movement Tuesday by striking down a lower-court ruling establishing physician-assisted suicide.

The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the district court had erred when it determined that “aid in dying is a fundamental liberty interest.”

“We conclude that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution,” said Judge Timothy L. Garcia in the majority opinion.

Catherine Glenn Foster, Alliance Defending Freedom litigation counsel, praised the court’s decision to reverse the two-year-old Bernalillo County District Court decision.

Read more: New Mexico court strikes down ruling that allowed assisted suicide

California assisted death bill appears finished for the year

By Alexei Koseff
The Sacramento Bee

With votes lining up against the measure, California’s controversial assisted death bill was pulled from the Assembly Health Committee schedule Tuesday for the second time in two weeks and appears done for the year.

Senate Bill 128, which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients, passed the Senate last month but has encountered stiff resistance in the lower house amid lobbying from a coalition of medical, religious and disability rights groups. Of the 19 committee members contacted by The Sacramento Bee, just four said they would support the bill in its current form.

Read more: California assisted death bill appears finished for the year

Judge's ruling stops right-to-die lawsuit

 San Diego Union Tribune

CA law that prohibits a doctor from assisted suicide is constitutional, judge says

A Superior Court judge’s ruling Friday effectively halts a lawsuit seeking protections for California doctors who want to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

The lawsuit, filed in May on behalf of a San Diego physician and three people suffering from fatal illnesses, focuses on the debate over aid in dying, the term advocates prefer over doctor-assisted suicide.

Read more: Judge's ruling stops right-to-die lawsuit

Disabled rights advocates fight assisted suicide legislation

by Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News

June 28, 2015

When he was 19, Anthony Orefice hit a telephone pole on his motorcycle going 100 miles per hour. Doctors told his family he wouldn't survive. He did, but the accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, unable to do what he loved -- surf, snowboard or ride dirt bikes."All you are thinking is the worst, worst, worst – everything you can't do," said Orefice, who lives in Valencia, Calif. "I wanted to be dead."

Read more: Disabled rights advocates fight assisted suicide legislation

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