Second Thoughts - People with Disabilities Opposing the Legalization of Assisted Suicide

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photo of statue of the thinker We are Massachusetts residents with disabilities who oppose the legalization of assisted suicide, and any social acceptance of murderers of disabled people. We organized in 2012 to help defeat Massachusetts assisted suicide referendum Question 2, and have since helped stop legislation in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

No December Vote On NJ Senate Assisted Suicide Bill

Next Possible Vote Is January 13

We learned today that the New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney really did not have the votes necessary to pass assisted suicide bill S382. That means that Sweeney's "educational campaign" will continue over the winter break, with the first scheduled voting session set for January 13. That also happens to be the date for Republican Gov. Chris Christie's State of the State speech. Christie has pledged to veto the bill if it passes.

That means that the report at Not Dead Yet and Susan K Livio's article at remain accurate.

Thanks to Everyone Who Phoned and Emailed senators!

Your Efforts Have Brought Results

Both and have covered the vigorous opposition of disability rights activists. And the advocates who braved long waits to testify have shown just how serious we are in stopping assisted suicide. For Not Dead Yet's response to Senate health committee chair Joseph Vitale's exclusion of disability representatives from his first hearing, you can read it here.

Below is some of the testimony submitted for the December 15 NJ Senate Hearing

Testimony of Anita Cameron of Colorado ADAPT and Not Dead Yet

Testimony of the Elaine Kolb of Second Thoughts Connecticut and Not Dead Yet

Testimony of Kate Ryan of Autism/Aspergers Network and the Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council

Testimony of Dusya Lyubovskaya of Autistic Self Advocacy Network

More testimony is up at the New Jersey Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

Please follow the more active sites of Not Dead Yet and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

On Twitter, please follow the national grassroots group Not Dead Yet,the broad New Jersey coalition of disability rights, healthcare, civil rights, and faith-based groups the New Jersey Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, New Jersey disability rights leader Norman A. Smith, and the regionally-active Second Thoughts Connecticut and Second Thoughts Massachusetts     


Stories from before 2013 on Second Thoughts / Question 2

suicide prevention.
  • Extensive coverage on Boston Public Radio Station WBUR:
-- All Things Considered
-- John Kelly versus Marcia Angell I on Radio Boston
-- John versus Marcia Angell, II on Morning Edition with Bob Oakes
-- Personal Side of the Story

For the latest reporting on our efforts against assisted suicide, visit the Not Dead Yet webpage section "In the News"

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