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.

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  •   As more and more states consider passing assisted suicide policy, it is important for Americans to realize that this dangerous policy puts vulnerable lives, like mine and my children’s, at risk. In 2012, I was facing what appeared to be a hopeless situation. In......

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  •   A panel of experts is recommending the Quebec government expand access to medical aid in dying. In recommendations made public today, the group said people should be allowed to make advance directives requesting a doctor-assisted death, which is not allowed under current law. The......

  •   Several claims about assisted suicide that were made in an opinion piece published Nov. 21 were dangerous and inaccurate. The author of the piece, who belongs to a national organization pushing for the legalization of assisted suicide across the United States, claimed the practice......

  •   The RCGP is consulting members on its assisted suicide stance – currently, opposition. Their definition of ‘assisted dying’ does not mention terminal illness and could thus embrace doctors assisting the suicides of disabled, elderly and psychologically ill people. Can GPs really be ‘neutral’? Watch......

  •   Only three countries approve of assisted suicide and euthanasia as a whole: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The first two even recognize requests from minors under strict circumstances, while Luxembourg excludes them from the legislation. Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and Austria allow assisted suicide under......

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  •   The state’s medical aid in dying law “legalizes murder,” and no doctor in New Jersey should be required to do anything to help carry it out, including the routine act of releasing a patient’s file, an attorney for a devoutly religious physician and a......

  •   We fundamentally disagree with our two colleagues that public opinion is an ethically appropriate means of informing public policy decisions or even more crucially, determining professional norms of physicians. Polls have not just moral but also methodological problems. Response rates are often low, and......

  •   Even before he swears in his new cabinet, Justin Trudeau is being urged to ask his new justice minister to move swiftly to make Canada’s assisted-dying law less restrictive. The prime minister has said he’ll comply with a September court ruling that struck down......

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