“Me Before You” Protesters Call For Public Service Announcement to Prevent Copycat Suicides

Editor’s note. The following was distributed by the disability rights organization “Not Dead Yet.”  Disability rights advocates who protested the film “Me Before You” in cities across the United States are calling on Warner Brothers to add a public service announcement to further releases of the film to help prevent copycat suicides. In a letter …

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Arguing Life, Death and Assisted Suicide

By Nancy Valko In the article “Sides discuss NY proposal for aid in dying”, the exchange between Diane Coleman, a founder of Not Dead Yet, the foremost disability organization fighting physician-assisted suicide, and Dr. Timothy Quill, who fought for the constitutionality of physician-assisted suicide in the landmark 1997 US Supreme Court Vacco v. Quill decision, …

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Not Dead Yet – UK ‘campaign’ against the assisted suicide bill in the British House of Lords

  By Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick – Not Dead Yet – UK. In the (British) House of Lords, another attempt to legalise assisted suicide/euthanasia was debated at 2nd reading stage July 18, 2014 through Lord Falconer’s ‘assisted dying’ Bill. It was rumoured that a vote would be forced and it was estimated, in advance of the …

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Not Dead Yet, Autistic Self Advocacy Network and 12 Other Disability Groups File Friend-of-Court Brief in Wisconsin Case Alleging Medical Care Withheld Due to Disability

  On Friday May 23, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Not Dead Yet, and 12 other disability rights organizations filed an amicus brief in a case challenging the University of Wisconsin Hospital Center’s alleged practice of counseling families of people with developmental disabilities to withhold care for treatable but potentially life-threatening medical conditions, such …

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Disability Opposition to Assisted Suicide Bills Helped Secure Third Defeat in New England States This Session

  Editor’s note. Disability advocates from Second Thoughts Connecticut and national Not Dead Yet celebrated Friday as the Connecticut legislature rejected assisted suicide legislation, when a bill to legalize assisted suicide bill died in the Public Health Committee. The following was sent out over the weekend. On Friday, it became official: for the second consecutive …

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Disability rights and assisted suicide: John Kelly, from “Not Dead Yet” speaks out on YouTube

  John Kelly, a regional director for Not Dead Yet and the founder of the disability rights group: Second Thoughts, who lives with quadriplegia, spoke about disability rights and assisted suicide at the recent Euthanasia Symposium in Toronto Canada. This YouTube video covers the main points from his rousing speech at the Symposium. The talk …

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Not Dead Yet Hires John Kelly as Regional Director for New England States

Not Dead Yet has hired John Kelly as regional director for advocacy in the New England states. Kelly is also director of Second Thoughts Massachusetts, a disability rights group which played a pivotal role in defeating an assisted suicide ballot referendum in Massachusetts in 2012. John Kelly was highly visible as an advocate against the …

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The Thrill (Spoiler Alert)

By Amy Hasbrouck I am not a theatre buff, so I won’t try to write a review of Judith Thompson’s play The Thrill, currently at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. It is a “what if” play, taking its inspiration, starting point, and much of its material from a New York Times Magazine article by Harriet …

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The dangerous ‘help’ of assisted suicide

Editor’s note. This first appeared in the New Jersey Star Ledger.  Diane Coleman is a lawyer and the founder and president of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet. By Diane Coleman Proponents of legal assisted suicide for the terminally ill frequently claim that the opposing views of disability organizations aren’t relevant. Nevertheless, although people …

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How about the right to cry for help? Court ruling asserting a person’s right to assisted suicide reflects discriminatory attitudes toward the disabled

By Amy E. Hasbrouck Editor’s note.  This article was first published in the Montreal Gazette and is reprinted with the author’s permission. It has taken me a long time to read through the nearly 400 pages of the June 15 decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court on the issue of assisted suicide. I found …

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No assisted suicide bill has passed the scrutiny of a State legislature

By Alex Schadenberg Diane Coleman, the founding President of the Disability Rights group Not Dead Yet, was published today in Canada’s National Post in response to an article by Tom Blackwell concerning the recent poll on assisted suicide. Coleman stated: No Assisted Suicide bill has passed the scrutiny of a State legislature. Tom Blackwell’s article …

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Not Dead Yet: Articles concerning “mobile euthanasia teams” is inaccurate

Stephen Drake, the research analyst for the Disability rights group, NOT DEAD YET, published an excellent commentary on their blog last Thursday about the article in the Associated Press concerning the new push in the Netherlands for “mobile euthanasia teams.” It appears that the Dutch euthanasia lobby believes that people with disabilities would benefit from …

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