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.

  • Recently the effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide has ramped up in Virginia. For 2,500 years, medicine has claimed the role of healer, but this dangerous public policy would change that by requiring a doctor’s participation in a patient’s demise . Patients should never be conflicted......

  •     A California appeals court overturned a lower court order that had imperiled the state’s assisted suicide law, but a longer legal fight may loom because the ruling skirted the larger issue of whether the legislation was unconstitutional… The ruling reversed Riverside County Superior......

  •   The pro-suicide lobby once again poured millions of dollars to force assisted suicide down the throats of voters with fear-mongering and misinformation and they will undoubtedly do the same in 2019. PRAF will continue to work tirelessly alongside our state and national coalition partners,......

  •   The suicide rate in Virginia, 13.2 per every 100,000 residents in 2016, increased an alarming 17.4 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So last year, the General Assembly passed a bill requiring the state Department of......

  •     Maine residents are being asked to sign a petition calling for a referendum on legalizing assisted suicide to be placed on the 2019 ballot. The practice was legalized in Oregon in 1997. Since then, there have been far more problematic issues and unanswered......

  • Making the decision to transition your loved one to hospice care (for people whose medical conditions mean they are expected to die within six months) is a time of emotional upheaval. It’s often accompanied by confusion, with little understanding of available options or how hospice......

  • My dear friend, the late J.J. Hanson – Marine combat veteran, civil servant under two Democratic governors, husband, father, and brain cancer victim – was adamantly and unshakably opposed to the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. In New Jersey, the so-called “Aid in Dying” bill A1504......

  •   Maine residents are being asked to sign a petition calling for a referendum on legalizing assisted suicide to be placed on the 2019 ballot. The practice was legalized in Oregon in 1997. Since then, there have been far more problematic issues and unanswered questions......

  • Kristen Hanson | Community Relations Advocate, Patients Rights Action Fund One year ago, I lost my 36 year-old husband, JJ, to cancer.  We had 3 years, 7 months, and 18 days together following his diagnosis until that fateful December day when I lost the love......

  • With his genial manner, check shirt and careful choice of words, Marc Van Hoey seems like any other general practitioner. As we sit in his cosy first-floor surgery in Antwerp, surrounded by books and mementos of his life in medicine, I ask this music-loving 57-year-old......

  • Assisted suicide advocates from western Massachusetts held a meeting in Worcester to promote the End of Life Options Act. I attended because, as a physician assistant, I am concerned about protecting my vulnerable patients. They had a hard time answering my questions. “Why six months......

  • As Canada considers legalizing child euthanasia, one ethicist warns it would be a mistake to think the practice will never make its way into the United States. In every country that has legalized euthanasia upon request, save for one, doctors are now killing children. Wesley......

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