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.

  • The euthanasia of mentally ill or cognitively impaired patients is inherently controversial. Given the risk of fatal error, how many botched cases would it take to discredit the practice completely? If you said “any number greater than zero,” you would be interested in the physician-assisted......

  • A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. The case is described in a......

  • Suicide is a growing problem,  and yet, the assisted suicide movement receives none of the blame. It should. Pushing suicide impacts people’s attitudes. Normalizing it surely leads to more self killings, given what we know about the copy-cat phenomenon. In this regard, Oregon assisted suicides were up......

  • California voters passed a law two years ago that allows terminally ill people to take lethal drugs to end their lives, but controversy is growing over a newer rule that effectively bans that option in the state’s eight veterans’ homes. Proponents of medical aid-in-dying and......

  • US assisted suicide advocates pretend a lot of things. One is that no doctor will ever be forced to participate in an assisted suicide. But once in awhile they reveal their actual intentions. Case in point: A new bill in Wisconsin would force every doctor......

  • The sponsor of the Delaware assisted suicide bill introduced an amendment apparently designed to address disability related concerns. It’s always good to know that disability opposition has gotten their attention, but this amendment is a total failure and completely misses the point, any point we’ve made.......

  • The Utah House passed a bill Tuesday that would criminalize helping someone commit suicide — despite some concern from lawmakers that the bill could unintentionally target physicians or family members of terminally ill patients. Rep. Michael McKell, R-Spanish Fork, has sponsored House Bill 86, which......

  • More than a dozen Massachusetts doctors, including Fitchburg family physician Dr. Mark Rollo, gathered at the Statehou0se on Wednesday to voice opposition to a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide under certain conditions. The bill, currently before the Legislature’s Public Health Committee, would allow a......

  • Setting aside the many ethical and moral problems, supporting suicide as a solution is in effect elevating Jack’s disorder above his own worth as a human being. It’s giving power to his mental illness, and conceding defeat when there is still hope. This is the......

  • Ohio lawmakers will consider a proposal by Senator Charleta B. Tavares to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Ohio. The bill is based off those from states such as Oregon and will allow an increase in options for terminally ill adults planning their end of life care.......

  • Centuries from now, one of the things our era will be known for is the plague of dying badly. A growing number of physicians believe that one solution is helping their dying patients choose to end their lives. I disagree. I’m proud of being a......

  • In the first Canadian test of conscience rights for doctors who oppose assisted death, an Ontario court has upheld regulations requiring the objectors to refer their patients to physicians willing to perform the procedure. Groups representing 4,700 Christian doctors had challenged Ontario’s regulations requiring the......

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