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News, information and opinions from Massachusetts disability rights advocates.

Health care, not “death with dignity”

Opinion piece from the Connecticut Post by Joan Cavanaugh, April 1, 2021. State needs health care, not "death with dignity" Anyone who has been with loved ones facing serious, painful illness will empathize deeply with the testimonies in Ed Stannard’s Sunday, March 21 article. I have. And I do. But as an anti-war, anti-death penalty, pro-choice, human rights advocate who has been compelled to fight attempts by the medical system to restrict and withhold treatment, I also contend that there is a much larger picture to be considered. As a society, we must make decisions to protect the lives of ...
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Telegram and Gazette – Letter: State legislators should reject assisted suicide bill

Nurses reject assisted suicide bill Telegram & Gazette March 25, 2021 As registered nurses, we urge state legislators to look at the facts and reject Massachusetts assisted suicide bill. Despite what the authors of a recent letter to the editor claim, uncontrollable pain does not even make it into the top five reasons that people choose assisted suicide. Based on data from Oregon, the state where assisted suicide has been legal the longest, the reasons that people choose assisted suicide include: decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable, loss of autonomy and loss of dignity. These serious ...
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We Need to Talk About Choice

New Zealand has the End of Live Choice Act. This video outlines very clearly the dangers of this act, and would be the same dangers for our physician assisted suicide proposals. The pressures outlined are ones that people with disabilities are already very familiar with. Unfortunately, this act passed in a binding referendum vote in October of 2020, and will be put in place in November of 2021. You can read more about the act: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_New_Zealand_euthanasia_referendum ...
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Opinion in the Telegram and Gazette

Opinion: Assisted suicide cannot be regulated, ripe for abuse and coercion November 18 by William Almeyda Jr. (senior pastor of the New Life Worship Center in Worcester) and his wife, Elise Almeyda "Any moral society has a duty and a responsibility to protect and defend the vulnerable and the marginalized. But the assisted suicide legislation some Massachusetts lawmakers are considering is a dangerous public policy that threatens the most vulnerable in society: the elderly, people with disabilities, and the terminally ill. Now in the midst of a global pandemic, the focus of legislators should be on ensuring that quality medical ...
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Debate on Physician Assisted Suicide

Debate between John B. Kelly and Thaddeus Pope on September 30, 2020: Assisted suicide is currently legal in ten jurisdictions in the United States: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, Maine (starting January 1, 2020), New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Efforts are underway in many other states (including Minnesota) to enact similar laws. Watch this Hot Topics: Cool Talk video clip for a spirited but civil conversation about such laws between two advocates who take opposing views on this issue. From Terrence J. Murphy Institute at the University of St. Thomas Assisted Suicide: It’s All about Disability by ...
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The case against medical aid in dying

The case against medical aid in dying: Insurance firms, doctors and Hollywood among those accused of pushing ‘assisted suicide’ Interview with John Kelly and Dr. Brian Callister. Opponents to the end-of-life option express concern about the unintentional abuse the laws can create for the terminally ill and disabled. Read the whole article at the Independent. We have included some of the article below, but the link also has some helpful maps on the status of legislation in different states. Thursday 22 October 2020 by Danielle Zoellner. "The expansion of medical aid in dying across the United States has not only ...
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Opposition Letter

OPINION: Letter to the Editor: Assisted suicide is flawed Published in the Waltham Wicked Local on October 30, 2020 by Adrianna Cambara, senior pastor for Ministerio Abba Padre Internacional Inc. in Waltham. You can read the letter below at https://waltham.wickedlocal.com/news/20201030/opinion-letter-to-editor-assisted-suicide-is-flawed. "As pastors, we see firsthand the issues that the most vulnerable members of our society face. I see what happens when one life is deemed more valuable than another and that is exactly why we are opposed to legalizing assisted suicide in Massachusetts. Assisted suicide unfairly targets the most vulnerable: the terminally ill, people with disabilities and the elderly. We ...
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