BY JONI EARECKSON TADA
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.
Read more: Assisted Suicide and Disability a Deadly Combination
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
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...
March 17, 2015
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to grapple with the concept of "aid-in-dying.''
"I still struggle with the issue, quite honestly,'' the governor told reporters at a press conference Tuesday morning.
Read more: Malloy Still Struggling With the Concept of "Aid-In-Dying"