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Assisted suicide laws a danger to disabled

  The letter “Aid-in-dying empowers patients to make decision,” April 11, argues the availability of assisted suicide is empowering; however, assisted suicide devalues the lives of individuals with disabilities and diminishes patient choice by creating perverse incentives for insurance companies to offer a cheap death over costly treatment. The author claimed data from Oregon show

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Allocating Ventilators in Times of Crisis: A Brave New World

Opponents warn that assisted suicide laws are inherently discriminatory because they carve out a group in society whose lives are deemed “not worth living.” Consequently, instead of receiving society’s protection and suicide prevention services, these individuals are provided suicide assistance.  This is especially dangerous given our broken profit-driven healthcare system where individuals with disabilities, the

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Double Your Gift Today on #GivingTuesdayNow

  Double your Gift today!  Join us today and Give $5! Click here to see how Patients Right Action Fund is calling for the protection of all patients.  For the price of a latte you can support the fight to protect all patients during this pandemic and into the future! Click here to donate today!

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Join PRAF today for #GivingTuesdayNow

  Join the Patients Rights Action Fund Today for #GivingTuesdayNow Give $5 today on 5/5 and your gift will be matched! At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings us all together and will get us through it. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in

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#GivingTuesdayNow is Today!

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving that unites us all through generosity. Today, we have the power to heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it presents an opportunity to come together as a global community. Give $5 and your

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HHS rejects disability, age-based medical rationing

  Click here to watch Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, as he joins Shannon Bream on ‘Fox News @ Night.’ “We do have these protections to make sure that illegitimate criteria, especially weighing the relative worth of one person versus another…we owe it to people…to give them clear guidelines so

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Coronavirus Strains Safety Net for People With Disabilities

Damian Gregory worries about the things that have quickly become normal to worry about in the coronavirus era: Is there Clorox at the grocery store this week? When will social distancing end? Will he and his family stay healthy until a vaccine is found? But the 46-year-old consultant and advocate, who has cerebral palsy, says

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Social Distancing May Increase Suicide Risk

(GETTY IMAGES) STRESS CAUSED BY widespread social distancing to blunt the spread of the coronavirus may be creating the unintended consequence of increasing the risk of suicide in the general population, according to new research published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study – “Suicide Mortality and Coronavirus Disease 2019 – A Perfect Storm?” – identifies a

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What Covid-19 has revealed about assisted suicide and euthanasia

There has not been, in living memory, more focus on healthcare, the vital role of doctors, the sacrifices made by nurses, and the wonderful efforts of everyone involved in the sector. Amid the coronavirus crisis, daily heroism, the scale of human loss, and the awful scenes in hospitals underline what is important – and what

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Disabled people like me have always been vulnerable to disease

I keep hearing about how disabled people are panicked over covid-19. As a disabled person, I know this is true… The fear and outrage are real. I was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neuromuscular weakness, and have never stood or walked. My respiratory muscles are so weak that the slightest cold could kill me. So

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US suicide rate climbs 35% since 1999, new report finds

  The suicide rate in the United States continues to rise, increasing 35% for almost two decades from 1999 through 2018, according to a new data brief released by the National Center for Health Statistics on Wednesday. The report included mortality data from the center’s National Vital Statistics System. The data showed that the suicide

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Suicide should not be pushed as a solution right now

  In a recent Letter to the Editor (“A good time to take action on end-of-life options,” by Eric J. Ruby, M.D., Taunton Gazette, March 31), the author used the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to urge state legislators to pass the “End of Life Option Act” (H.1926). There is never a good time to

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