Tag: disability

Guernsey was right to reject assisted dying

by Emilie Yerby, The Economist, 20 August 2018 I cannot imagine ever supporting assisted dying. I want to avoid the false hope of “I would support it if…” because my “if” is hardwired into the way our world works. I would support assisted dying if I could be confident that we got it right every time…. Read more »

“Nothing About Us Without Us” — Mantra for a Movement

by Eli A. Wolff and Dr Mary Hums, HuffPost, 6 September 2017 It matters because people with disabilities must be front and center as visible leaders to share our voice and our experience. It matters because it reinforces the role of people without disabilities as allies and partners who share the road toward inclusion and equality…. Read more »

Why the disability community opposes doctor assisted suicide

by Lisa Blumberg, New Haven Register, 28 March 2018 No safeguard can prevent mistakes in prognosis. And no safeguard can stop vulnerable people from being coerced. Above all, these laws don’t change prejudices. Assisted suicide or “aid in dying,” as its proponents innocuously call it, presents a clear and present danger to the many people who… Read more »

The deadly push for assisted suicide

by Julie Hocker, The Washington Times, 13 May 2018 First, assisted suicide bills create a scale to determine those individuals a state will protect and those who are deemed less valuable. With a yardstick created by well-paid death advocates, doctors will legally determine if a fellow New Yorker fits into the category of “better off dead.”… Read more »

Legalising voluntary euthanasia a slippery slope: Geriatrician

by Anneke Smith, Hawke’s Bay Today, 19 May 2018 His biggest concern was that doctors and nurses would become too relaxed about the due processes in place and end the lives of those who either didn’t want euthanasia or weren’t eligible. “A person might have a severe disability or illness which qualifies him or her for… Read more »

‘End of life bill demeans the disabled’

by Thomas Coughlan, Newsroom, 22 May 2018 The euthanasia bill risks sending a message to the disabled that their lives are valued less than the lives of abled-bodied New Zealanders, the Disability Rights Commissioner says. She argued that the inclusion of disabled people in the legislation sent a message that disabled lives were not worth living…. Read more »