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Anita Cameron, a board member for the disability rights group Not Dead Yet, maintains that she is just as clear in her thinking about the bill.
In her testimony last week, she said aid in dying legislation is “disingenuous at best and dangerous at worst.
“I’m not against suicide,” she said. But she said she opposes physician assistance because of the risk of coercion. “Certain people with certain disabilities and illnesses will get counseling and help while others will be coerced to die by unscrupulous family members, caregivers or heirs.”
As with other opponents of the bill, she emphasized that people already have the right to die by refusing treatment and nutrition.Cameron said that “doctors often make mistakes in predicting when people will die” and they should not be the “gatekeepers of people’s lives.”
Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, told the committee that the coalition’s board voted to oppose the measure because they believe “we cannot make this safe.”
While Reiskin personally supports aid in dying, she said she has concerns about some of the provisions in the bill.
For example, the draft called for mental health evaluations in cases where there is any question of the ability of the patient to make an informed decision. “There isn’t the capacity to do that in our current system,” she said, “and that’s scary to me.”
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But Anita Cameron, who suffers from multiple disabilities, warned that the proposal lacked adequate ‘safeguards’.
She told a panel that her mother was given six months to live six years ago adding: “Doctors often make mistakes on whether someone is terminal or not”.
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From her motorized wheelchair, Carrie Ann Lucas of Windsor cited the high cost of treatment for illnesses such as hers, a form of muscular dystrophy that would be terminal within hours if she lost the use of the ventilator.
If insurance companies choose not to pay for expensive medical equipment or treatments, patients could be coaxed into a ‘much cheaper lethal prescription,’ she said.”
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Carrie Ann Lucas, 43, spoke on behalf of Not Dead Yet, a New York-based disability rights group. Lucas uses a wheelchair and ventilator because of a neuromuscular disease. She testified that without her ventilator, she would have only hours to live. And, she said, if she became depressed, she thinks she could go to a doctor who doesn’t know her well to get the drugs.
“They probably would give me that lethal prescription instead of referring me to mental-health treatment that I would so desperately need,” Lucas said.
Carrie Ann Lucas was on the Tommy Schnurmacher Show on CJAD in Montreal on February 10, 2015. You can download the podcast of the show.