People with disabilities often fear they’re a burden. That’s why legal assisted suicide scares me.

by Ben Mattlin, Vox, 21 September 2017

Ben Mattlin is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles and author of Miracle Boy Grows Up and the forthcoming In Sickness and in Health.

This is why, a year after the so-called right to die became legal in our nation’s most populous state, California, I’m still profoundly uncomfortable with it. The value of my life has been discounted by medical professionals, and others, more often than I care to remember. That’s because even at my healthiest, I am what some would consider terminally ill.

The knee-jerk questioning of whether my life is worth saving drives my opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide. And I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced this kind of dismissive attitude, the subtle pressures and invisible coercions to unburden others.

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