Legalized assisted suicide sets up a double standard: some people get suicide prevention while others get suicide assistance, and the difference between the two groups is the health status of the individual. This is blatant discrimination and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Disability is at the heart of the assisted suicide debate. Some people fear disability as a fate worse than death. Proponents of legalized assisted suicide are willing to treat lives ended through assisted suicide coercion and abuse as “acceptable losses” when balanced against their unwillingness to accept disability or responsibility for their own suicide. Although intractable pain has been emphasized as the primary reason for enacting assisted suicide laws, the top five reasons Oregon doctors actually report for issuing lethal prescriptions are the “loss of autonomy” (89.9%), “less able to engage in activities” (87.4%), “loss of dignity” (83.8%), “loss of control of bodily functions” (58.7%) and “feelings of being a burden” (38.3%). (Death With Dignity Act Annual Reports, PDF download ) These are disability issues. In a society that prizes physical ability and stigmatizes impairments, it’s no surprise that previously able-bodied people may tend to equate disability with loss of dignity. This reflects the prevalent but insulting societal judgment that people who deal with incontinence and other losses in bodily function are lacking dignity. People with disabilities are … continue reading
Not Dead Yet Colorado
We are Colorado residents with disabilities who oppose the legalization of assisted suicide, and any social acceptance of murderers of disabled people. We have been active opposing assisted suicide in Colorado since 1996.
Not Dead Yet is is a national, grassroots disability rights group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia as deadly forms of discrimination against old, ill and disabled people. Not Dead Yet helps organize and articulate opposition to these practices based on secular social justice arguments. Not Dead Yet demands the equal protection of the law for the targets of so called “mercy killing” whose lives are seen as worth-less.
Why We Oppose Assisted Suicide
- RT @FamilyAssn: Point made by @CherishLifeQLD at the #EndofLife Inquiry on Friday.
#Polling can be inaccurate as people confuse terms.
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- “Since his diagnosis, his displays of affection have become scarce, so to have all of this love radiating from him… https://t.co/P2SzBuoml5
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- RT @NoSuicideNY: "I support the position of the AMA that #AssistedSuicide is 'fundamentally incompatible with the role of physician as heal…
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- Colorado Man Sues Hospital Over Assisted Suicide Medication https://t.co/EPsN4GAIgx #AssistedSuicide
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- "I support the position of the AMA that #AssistedSuicide is 'fundamentally incompatible with the role of physician… https://t.co/iemsEgfeUX
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- RT @politcalcupcake: #SocializedMedicine in #Canada - No #money to keep you alive, but plenty of government funds to help you commit #suici…
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