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News, information and opinions from Massachusetts disability rights advocates.

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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John Kelly Testifies At Massachusetts Health Equity Task Force Public Hearing

On Wednesday, September 16, a public hearing was held by the Health Equity Task Force of the Massachusetts Public Health Committee. The legislative website stated that “[t]he virtual hearing is to receive testimony from the public on findings and recommendations that address health disparities for underserved or underrepresented populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, pursuant to the Health Equity Task Force established by section 2 of Chapter 93 of the Acts of 2020.” John Kelly testified on behalf of Second Thoughts Massachusetts. John's oral testimony can be read at NotDeadYet.org. John's written, submitted testimony can be downloaded: John_Kelley_Health_Equity_Task_Force.docx, and is also ...
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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 ...
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Jonah Carlson: Listen to disabled on assisted suicide issue

Read Jonah Carlson's letter in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, published June 23, 2020. "For years, I assumed the progressive position on assisted suicide was clear. But when I became involved in activism regarding disability rights and justice several years after becoming disabled myself, I learned more about the issue and ended up changing my mind. Every major disability advocacy organization in the United States that has taken a position on assisted suicide opposes it. There are compelling reasons why, and legislators and the public can learn from listening to disabled voices on this issue." ...
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