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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on Act 39. The two questions being examined: “Is Act 39 working?” and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?” Testimony was heard from a dozen people, nearly all of whom acknowledged that there are problems with the law, including the lack […]

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Several years ago, Patient Choices, the group that, with lots of money from Compassion and Choices and the support of Governor Peter Shumlin, later succeeded in getting assisted suicide made legal in Vermont, brought George Eighmey, veteran C&C activist and “support volunteer” at the bedsides of people committing assisted suicide, , to speak in Manchester, […]

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As the UK Parliament continues to debate legalizing assisted suicide, here’s a good article reminding us of what it seems should be obvious to everyone. Assisted suicide is not a private matter.  It affects a whole society in ways that should, but no longer do, appall everyone. Suicide itself is known to be contagious.  When […]

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Looking Beyond Shallow “Compassion” Reveals the Real Cruelty of Legal Assisted Suicide

John Kelly, a disability rights activist with Second Thoughts Massachusetts, has an article in the Newark (New Jersey) Star Ledger that does a masterful job of cutting through the sentimentality and the shallow idea of compassion behind the selling of assisted suicide laws.  Sadly, some individuals have bought the idea that living until their natural […]

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Decisions at the End of Life: Age will have little to do with what I want, and nothing to do with what I deserve.

Written by a Compassion and Choices member whose mother committed suicide,  this article is right on in pointing out the hypocrisy (practiced every day by Compassion and Choices) of trumpeting autonomy while telling the old and people with disabilities that their lives are not worth living and their medical care not worth paying for.  It’s […]

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Ezekiel Emanuel has spent his life building an impressive resume and now, at age 56, he wants the world to know that by 75 he plans to stop working so hard. In fact, he says that if he is still alive at 75, his master plan is to “stop all medical treatment” with the goal […]

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More on Prejudice and Presumption about the Value of Life with Disability

Read the comments as well as this excellent blog post against assisted suicide.  Why do those who do not tolerate the stereotyping of people of color or women so easily and unthinkingly make and state judgments that  the lives of people with disabilities and old people as not worthy of support?  These people’s lives are […]

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