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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 helps very few, endangers more

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BY LAURA PETRILLO

02/25/2015

The U.S. health care system does many things well, but it is becoming increasingly clear that helping people die peacefully is not one of them. Many people spend their last months of life in emergency rooms, infusion centers or intensive care units, receiving interventions that not only fail to prolong life, but instead increase suffering for both the dying and their survivors.

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Assisted suicide places most vulnerable at risk

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February 12, 2015

By AARON KHERIATY and PAUL MCHUGH / Contributing Writers

In the wake of Brittany Maynard’s highly publicized death, many advocates are pressing for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for patients in the throes of terminal illness, as in California’s recently introduced Senate Bill 128, a “death-with-dignity” measure. The claim to such a right raises many questions. For instance, if there is a “right to assisted suicide,” why would such a right be restricted only to those in the throes of terminal illness? What about the elderly person suffering a slow but nonterminal decline, or the young adult in the throes of depression, demoralization or despair?

Once we adopt the principle that assisted suicide is acceptable, then the fences erected around it – having six months to live, or having mental capacity, for example – are inevitably arbitrary.

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Media Advisory: New York Disability Rights Group Opposes NY Assisted Suicide Bill

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February 9, 2015

A bill to legalize assisted suicide has been introduced in the NYS Assembly (A2129), and will be introduced Monday, Feb. 9 in the Senate by Brad Hoylman and Diane Savino, according to the assisted suicide advocacy group, Compassion and Choices. Not Dead Yet is a national disability group based in New York which opposes assisted suicide legislation, and the group’s leaders are available for interviews. 

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Colorado Rejects Right-to-Die Legislation

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DENVER — Feb 7, 2015

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