About

The mission of the Patients' Rights Action Fund (PRAF) is to provide financial and
strategic support throughout the U.S. to protect the rights of patients and people with
disabilities by opposing doctor prescribed suicide legislation. PRAF is the national
coordinated movement to oppose efforts to make suicide a medical treatment and to
promote measures that protect patients' civil rights. We connect new and existing
grassroots organizations to build coalitions that oppose doctor prescribed suicide on
the state level. We track and follow legalization efforts across multiple states, and
provide resources to strategic opposition efforts.

Contribute

We have had significant victories in the fight to protect patients, people with
disabilities and the most vulnerable from the plague of legalized assisted suicide.
Success in these battles is not possible without your support. Please consider
making a financial contribution to our cause and staying connected with us by
signing up for our email alerts. We can't do it without your help.

Join the Effort

PRAF is only as strong as our network of supporters. Stay connected and help us fight
to protect patients' and people with disabilities' civil rights. Please sign up for our email
alerts and consider making a financial contribution to our cause. We can't do it without
your help.

About

The mission of the Patients' Rights Action
Fund (PRAF) is to provide financial and
strategic support throughout the U.S. to
protect the rights of patients and people
with disabilities by opposing doctor prescribed
suicide legislation. PRAF is the national
coordinated movement to oppose efforts to
make suicide a medical treatment and to
promote measures that protect patients' civil
rights. We connect new and existing
grassroots organizations to build coalitions
that oppose doctor prescribed suicide on
the state level. We track and follow legalization
efforts across multiple states, and provide
resources to strategic opposition efforts.

Contribute

The movement to legalize doctor prescribed
suicide is gaining momentum, but we have
had significant victories in the fight to protect
patients, people with disabilities and the most
vulnerable. Success in these battles is not
possible without your support. Please consider
making a financial contribution to our cause
and staying connected with us by signing up
for our email alerts. We can't do it without
your help.

Join the Effort

PRAF is only as strong as our network of
supporters. Stay connected and help us fight
to protect patients' and people with disabilities'
civil rights. Please sign up for our email alerts
and consider making a financial contribution
to our cause. We can't do it without your help.

  •   …As a doctor who trained in the Netherlands and practiced there for 22 years, I have seen the practice of euthanasia first hand. I also got a number of requests from patients to assist them with the active termination of their life. I have......

  • Now, in Massachusetts, our legislature is considering making assisted suicide a medical treatment, and I cannot help but to think about my experience with suicide.  Forty-six years ago, my husband chose suicide by shooting himself in the back of his head in our bed. We......

  • A pair of startling new reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General paints a troubling picture of America’s hospice system — with serious deficiencies in some cases and a lack of action from the federal government to remedy......

  •   Just as organs harvested after a fatal drug overdose can often be safely transplanted, so may livers taken from individuals undergoing physician-assisted suicide, Belgian researchers reported in a JAMA research letter. In a retrospective single-center review, Diethard Monbaliu, MD, PhD, of University Hospitals Leuven......

  • On June 12, the Mashpee Republican Town Committee invited Dr. Roger Kligler to address our membership regarding medical aid in dying, a newly coined moniker for physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Kligler is a local, retired internist and cancer patient. He is currently endorsing the passage of......

  • Dr. Tatiana Santos is a young physician who explains that assisted suicide is one of the biggest threats to authentic medicine.  Her words of caution are especially poignant given our current profit-driven healthcare system where doctors are put under tremendous pressure for cost containment....

  •   At first I thought I supported assisted suicide. As a member of a peer community of people with lived experience of mental health diagnosis, trauma, and addiction, I passionately believe in self-determination regarding treatment for our physical and mental health. But when I looked......

  • A doctor who was accused of murder after helping a patient to die was on Tuesday found not guilty by a court in Muttenz in the canton of Basel-Land. However the doctor was convicted of violating drugs laws and received a 15-month suspended sentence and......

  •     Stephanie Packer, a mother of four in her mid-30s who lives in California, testified Tuesday, June 25, 2019 while sitting in a wheelchair with an oxygen tube in her nostrils before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health about a proposed bill......

  •     Euthanasia, assisted suicide, right to die, all ways to describe an issue that’s divided the Commonwealth. It was on the ballot in 2012, statewide, voters rejected the measure by the narrowest of measures (51% to 49%)… Many in opposition are concerned it can......

  •   Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Holland and Belgium, as well as a growing number of U.S. states, including California, Colorado and most recently Maine, whose governor signed the Death With Dignity Act last week. New medical guidance in Canada, where the......

  •   By Frederick J. White, MD About a year ago, the Washington Post reported on the debate at the American Medical Association regarding physician assisted suicide, and asked whether its longstanding opposition might change. The answer is now in, and the answer is a resounding NO.......

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