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We are proud to introduce our next Coalitions Director, María José Fernandez Flores!​

María José came to apply through our mutual connections at California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization. She has worked in direct lobbying and worked in coalitions on human dignity issues, including assisted suicide, restorative justice, immigrant rights, victim empowerment, and advocacy on behalf of incarcerated persons. María José is a proud dreamer, born in Lima, Peru, who grew up in Northern California. She has an intuitive sense and passion for this issue, and we are grateful for her leadership and perspective…

BMJ article about increased patient suicide draws wrong conclusions

A BMJ article titled “Some groups of terminally ill patients are twice as likely to die by suicide, data show” draws the wrong conclusion from the data surrounding increased patient suicide. The study referenced in the article, done by the Office for National Statistics, records that patients with some serious conditions are twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves compared to control groups with similar socio-demographic characteristics…

Introducing Deputy Coalitions Director for Disability Outreach

The Patients’ Rights Action Fund (PRAF) is pleased to announce a new focus for our colleague, Ian McIntosh, who will now be our Deputy Coalitions Director for Disability Outreach. He has long personal experiences with the intersection of disability and healthcare. Those experiences include being a patient/consumer as a person with a disability whose life was significantly affected following a serious car accident; as an end-of-life caregiver; and as a spouse to a person with disabilities.

Jackie Bieber’s Story

“Assisting a suicide should always be considered as wrong. Societal efforts to downplay assisting a suicide adds another layer of encouragement to people like my daughter, Shawn, who become an unfortunate victim.”

Kate Cheney’s Story

Kate Cheney, 85 requested assisted suicide drugs and was originally denied by her physician, but her daughter shopped for a doctor until one wrote the prescription…

Randy Stroup’s Story

After requesting coverage for cancer treatment that had measurable success in easing cancer attendant pain, Randy received a letter from the Oregon Health Plan that rejected his request and simultaneously offered end-of-life care and assisted suicide instead…

Misconceptions about Opposition to Assisted Suicide Expansion

Assisted suicide proponents are doing a bait and switch – they use “safeguards” to convince legislators to pass the bills only to strip away those same precautions a few years later. Proponents of assisted suicide in Washington state are doing exactly this, claiming there is a barrier to access the lethal drugs because of the meager ‘safeguards’ they promised would make the bill safe to pass in the first place…

Barbara Wagner’s Story

Assisted Suicide: Cheap Substitute For Care Barbara Wagner’s Story   “They will pay to kill me, but they will not give me the medication to try and stop the growth of my cancer.” Barbara Wagner was denied coverage for a cancer treatment that had measurable success in prolonging life and easing cancer-attendant pain. The denial …

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Dr. Brian Callister’s Story

Assisted Suicide: Will insurance companies do the right thing or the cheap thing? Dr. Brian Callister’s Story “Legalizing assisted suicide actually limits your choices and access to healthcare by creating perverse incentives for insurance companies to deny costly care and offer a cheap death instead.”  Dr. Callister had two patients, one from California and one …

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