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Use the downloadable resources on this page to better understand the dangers of assisted suicide laws.  Please help us educate others by sharing these resources with your friends, family, neighbors, and legislators.

8 Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide

Learn the facts and get informed on why assisted suicide legislation is so dangerous for those most vulnerable in our society.

History of State Expansions

States abandon initial “safeguards” to expand assisted suicide laws. This resource provides an overview of the state’s las and their expansions.

Get the Truth

The truth about assisted suicide is not as simple as it seems. Assisted suicide is currently legal in only nine states and the District of Columbia. 

See our infograph below.

(2 Minute Overview)

Assisted Suicide Targets Individuals with Disabilities

Independent federal study finds assisted suicide laws rife with dangers to people with disabilites. (40 Minute Overview)

Assisted Suicide: The Bait & Switch

Legislators are persuaded by the bait of supposed “safeguards” for patients to enact laws to legalize assisted suicide. As has been witnessed over time, proponents then do a switch, claiming the “safeguards” they originally touted are now “barriers.”

Canada’s Rapid Descent Into The Euthanasia Abyss 

In a flurry of court decisions, legislation and guidelines enacted over a short period of time, Canada has become the euthanasia capital of the world. This reality from our northern neighbors is a stark warning sign for the United States which has its own expansion efforts occurring in the various states.

 

Unintended Consequences

If assisted suicide is legal, lives will be lost due to mistakes, abuse, or lack of better options…

Close up of Topographical map of the united states. Several green pins scattered around map.

State Status Map

There is no federal law preventing assisted suicide. Thus, each state determines their own laws and regulations. Understand the status of Assisted Suicide Laws in your state. 

Organ Harvesting

Conjoining assisted suicide and euthanasia with organ harvesting, a concept once thought ghoulish and inconceivable, is now being painted as responsible and enlightened.

Mental health conditions are ignored.

Depressed patients get the lethal drugs.

Drug Combinations

Lethal experimental drug combinations used for assisted suicide cause complications for patients.

The Tragic Reality of Veteran Suicides in Oregon

Significantly higher than the national veteran suicide rate…

People of Color

Assisted suicide laws place people of color and people from other marginalized communities at increased risk of deadly harm due to racial disparities in healthcare.

Inevitable 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.

50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act

50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act On this, the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act, and on the heels of the HHS’ announcement two weeks ago to update and significantly strengthen its nondiscrimination regulations in Section 504 in health and human service programs and activities, the National Institutes of Health officially designated people with disabilities as

Matt Vallière in the LA Times

Matt Vallière in the Los Angeles Times Thanks to the LA Times for sharing Matt’s letter, which strongly opposes assisted suicide laws. Read his letter to the editor below: Steve Lopez asks, “Will the option [of assisted suicide] be there for others?” To plaintiffs in the referenced lawsuit and many in the disability, older adult

33rd Anniversary of ADA

Celebrating 33 Years of the ADA Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On this day, July 26th, 1990, the ADA was signed and enshrined civil rights protections into law for people with disabilities. Today and every ADA anniversary, the Patients’ Rights Action Fund (PRAF) celebrates the

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