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

Second Thoughts Massachusetts

photo of statue of the thinker We are Massachusetts residents with disabilities who oppose the legalization of assisted suicide, and any support for the death of disabled people. We organized in 2012 to help defeat Massachusetts assisted suicide referendum Question 2, and have continued the fight against assisted suicide throughout New England.

CONNECTICUT HEARING ON ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL SET FOR MARCH 18

Second Thoughts Connecticut to testify before Judiciary Committee


Second Thoughts Connecticut and opponents of legalized assisted suicide will be testifying against HB 7015 Wednesday, March 18. The hearing will be in room 2C in the Legislative Office Building.

Second Thoughts Connecticut Will Be Holding a press conference on Monday, March 16 at 2:30 PM in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

For an excellent op-ed against the bill, please see Second Thoughts Connecticut organizer's Stephen Mendelsohn's piece in CT mirror online.

Updates are available at the Second Thoughts Connecticut Facebook page and at for twitter.

How to Submit Testimony

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov, before 5 PM Tuesday, March 17. At the top of your first page, put your name, Judiciary Committee, and "In opposition to HB 7015". Do not exceed five single-sided pages. Your testimony will become part of the public record.

To testify in person, you need to be in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 18. Testimony order will be decided by lottery. If you arrive later, you will be placed at the end of the speaker list. Oral testimony is limited to three minutes. Hardcopy written testimony should be submitted no later than Tuesday at 5 PM in room 2500 of the LOB. They would like 50 copies.

In New Jersey, the votes are still not there for Senate President Steve Sweeney to get his way.

Let's contact senators who may be persuadable to vote against the bill. A few are leaning our way, let's try to bring them all to our side!

Please send a short email using one of our talking points (listed below) important to you. Here are the key Democratic and Republican senators to contact:

DEMOCRATS

Joseph Vitale – Public Health Committee Chair said he would vote no on the floor but released the bill from committee; has recently indicated he may vote yes.   

Robert Gordon – Majority Conference Leader, said would vote no on the floor, but voted yes to release it.

Loretta Weinberg – Majority Leader, testified that the bill should wait.

Senator Barnes is a certain NO vote but he should receive emails etc to encourage him to speak up in the democratic caucus.    

Nia Gill – President Pro Tempore
James Beach – Assistant Majority Leader
Linda Greenstein – Assistant Majority Leader .
M. Teresa Ruiz – Assistant Majority Leader
Paul Sarlo – Deputy Majority Leader
Sandra Cunningham – majority whip
Senator Van Drew, Nilsa Cruz Perez, Nellie Pou, Nicholas Sacco, Bob Smith, and Brian Stack

REPUBLICANS

Kip Bateman,
Joe Kyrillos,
Diane Allen,
Jen Beck,
Dawn Addiego (voted yes for the bill in committee),
Kevin O'Toole, and
James Holzapfel

TALKING POINTS –ASSISTED SUICIDE IS BAD MEDICINE

If this bill passes, some people’s lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse. No safeguards have ever been enacted or proposed that can prevent this outcome, which can never be undone. – Marilyn Golden

For a comprehensive guide on presenting the disability rights argument against assisted suicide for progressives, please read and download the Legislative Primer.

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

More frequent updates at 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 nationally-active Second Thoughts Connecticut and Second Thoughts Massachusetts     

Important past stories on Second Thoughts / Question 2

"Suicide by Choice? Not so Fast" All Things Considered

John Kelly versus Marcia Angell Part I on Radio Boston

John Kelly versus Marcia Angell,Part II on Morning Edition with Bob Oakes

Personal Side of the Story


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