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Colorado NDY Board Member Op-Eds Published; Hearings Underway

Carrie Ann Lucas and Anita Cameron have just had excellent commentaries opposing assisted suicide bills published in Colorado. Carrie Ann’s op-ed, Legalizing assisted suicide in Colorado would threaten disabled, appeared in the Denver Post on January 25, 2016.  After describing her busy life as an attorney with four children who uses a ventilator full time, she […] Continue reading →

Victory in New Jersey, NJ Alliance Release Quotes NDY Advocate Kate Blisard

[Editor’s Note:  Belated great news – after a two year battle, the New Jersey assisted suicide bill failed to pass in the state Senate.] Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in New Jersey Senate An important victory that bolsters opposition nationwide Trenton, NJ – “The New Jersey Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide applauds the New Jersey Senate for […] Continue reading →

Weekly Advocacy Monitor Reports on NCIL & ADAPT Joining NDY Amicus Brief

[The following article appeared in the National Council on Independent Living’s Weekly Advocacy Monitor, quoting NCIL’s Kelly Buckland and ADAPT’s Bruce Darling.] NCIL, Not Dead Yet, and Nine Other Disability Rights Organizations File Brief in New York Assisted Suicide Case January 13, 2016 By theadvocacymonitor   On January 6, NCIL joined Not Dead Yet and […] Continue reading →

Media Advisory: Disability Rights Advocates Oppose NY Assisted Suicide Bills

[Editor’s Note:  This Media Advisory was issued January 11, 2016 in anticipation of lobby activity scheduled by assisted suicide proponents in Albany, NY for January 12th.  Center for Disability Rights advocates distributed literature to 215 legislator offices the same day.] As the work of the 2016 New York State Legislature begins, disability rights advocates are […] Continue reading →

New Futility Case in Texas

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on it, but futile care policies have been an area of concern for NDY and other disability rights groups for many years. Things have been quiet for awhile, which isn’t really good news. We only hear about futile care issues if a family goes public – reaching […] Continue reading →

Stephen Mendelsohn: CT Suicide Prevention Plan 2020 Includes Concerns About Disability & Assisted Suicide

[Editor’s Note:  This Guest Blog is from Stephen Mendelsohn, one of the leaders of Second Thoughts Connecticut.] This is likely a first from the mainstream suicide prevention community:  The Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB) recognizes that legalizing assisted suicide encourages people with disabilities to commit suicide.  Here’s the relevant excerpt from the State of Connecticut Suicide […] Continue reading →

Attorney Stephanie Woodward’s Op-Ed Published In Syracuse Press

Attorney Stephanie Woodward is Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, New York.  She writes about how her experiences as a disabled woman inform her opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide in a new guest editorial entitled Why disabled people like me fear medically assisted suicide.  Here’s an excerpt: We’re often […] Continue reading →

NDY Submits Comments On Adult Protective Services Guidelines

The Administration for Community Living (part of the Administration on Aging within the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services) is seeking comments on draft voluntary consensus guidelines for Adult Protective Services.  The original deadline for comments was October 30, but it’s been extended to November 13.  More information and a portal for submitting online comments […] Continue reading →

Disability Advocates in Massachusetts Conduct Legislative Briefing Against Assisted Suicide

Today, John Kelly led a well attended legislative briefing by disability rights advocates who oppose the state’s assisted suicide bill, H 1991.  In anticipation of the legislative committee hearing on assisted  suicide scheduled in Massachusetts on Tuesday, October 27th, the briefing received some excellent news coverage: Physician-assisted suicide bill sparks Massachusetts debate Hearing on assisted […] Continue reading →

John Kelly Testifies for ASAN Bill in MA Prohibiting Disability Discrimination in Organ Transplant Eligibility

On October 20, John Kelly submitted testimony on behalf of Second Thoughts Massachusetts and Not Dead Yet in support of H 3271, “An Act concerning nondiscrimination in access to organ transplantation.” Not Dead Yet is proud to follow the leadership of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) on this issue. Lydia Brown of the Boston […] Continue reading →

NCIL’s Lindsay Baran & NDY’s Anne Sommers Collaborate on Op-Ed in Washington Examiner

As NDY previously reported, Lindsay Baran of the National Council on Independent Living, Anne Sommers of NDY and several other disability advocates testified on July 10th against an assisted suicide bill pending before the District of Columbia Council Health and Human Services Committee.  The NDY blog on the DC hearing included a video of Anne […] Continue reading →