Anita Cameron: Assisted suicide is not the answer as long as racial disparities in care, disability bias go on

Read Anita Cameron’s letter to the editor in the Boston Globe on August 31, 2020. Not Dead Yet has reprinted her letter.

“Michael Martignetti wants a state program to assist his suicide if he is suffering from the effects of his disability (“Mass. should enact End Of Life Options Act,” Opinion, Aug. 13).

I want to be able to live. I want my conditions effectively treated, and I want effective pain relief. But while Martignetti may assume he will get good care, Black people like me tend to receive inferior care because of racial disparities in cardiac care, diabetes, and cancer.

Anita Cameron is the director of minority outreach for Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights group opposed to assisted suicide.