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.

  •   Senate Bill 579 is the second assisted suicide expansion bill to have a hearing in the Oregon Legislature and it was approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.  The bill removes waiting periods in the law proponents claim protect against abuse and same-day suicides. Under......

  •   One of New York’s top medical associations reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide as lawmakers debate a bill to allow the practice. The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) rejected a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of......

  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has  released its updated position statement on assisted suicide, which reaffirms its opposition to assisted suicide.  It is welcomed news that the NHPCO has not retreated behind a position of “studied neutrality;” but rather, the NHPCO has taken a......

  • I live in Newark with my husband Joe. We have five sons and one daughter. Our 32-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy. She does not walk, talk or stand without the support of equipment. My husband and I bathe her, dress her, feed her and love......

  • Belgium’s leading advocate for euthanasia liberalisation is campaigning vigorously for euthanasia for people with dementia. According to the current euthanasia law, patients are only eligible if they are fully aware and competent. This can lead to distressing situations and must change, says Professor Wim Distelmans. Distelmans......

  •   Legislators are thinking of expanding the way people can take their lives under Oregon’s Death With Dignity law: They want patients to be able to use an automatic syringe. Currently, the law allows only medications that dying patients can take orally. That means a patient has to......

  •   As Diane Coleman sees it, the proposed bill has a number of faults. She is the president and CEO of Not Dead Yet. “Assisted suicide is not only something that impacts that person but it affects the health care system itself – which [is]......

  • With a New Jersey law set to take effect in August allowing terminally ill residents to end their lives with medical help, doctors belonging to the state’s largest medical organization voted not to end the group’s formal opposition to assisted suicide. But delegates at the......

  •   In an exclusive interview with Dr. Morela Scull, Horacio Esparza, who is blind and a member of the Board of Directors of Not Dead Yet, noted that “legislating for a law that kills is not dying with dignity.” According to Esparza, many people diagnosed......

  •   “Experience overseas shows us that what were initially restrictive criteria always expand.  The ‘safeguards’ fall away.  Coercion does occur.  That there have been abuses.  And, what starts out for a ‘right to die’ for a few very quickly becomes a ‘duty to die’ for......

  •   Opponents of assisted suicide have been warning all along that assisted suicide laws lead to euthanasia, and House Bill 2217 confirms their suspicion.   HB2217 was introduced for patients who could not ingest medication on their own to be able to take lethal drugs......

  •   1 — Jones DA, Paton D. How does legalization of physician assisted suicide affect rates of suicide? South Med J 2015;108:599Y604. 2 — Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Suicide Among Adults Aged 35-64 Years — United States, 1999-2010.......

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