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Resources

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…

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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.

Advocates for Assisted Suicide Begin to Fear the Case in California

Advocates for Assisted Suicide Begin to Fear the Case in California Proponents of assisted suicide are beginning to write articles and speak up about their worries and opposition to the case filed in California to end assisted suicide.  While the initial response to this groundbreaking case was severely delayed, opinion pieces and statements of opposition

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo Praised for Veto of Assisted Suicide Bill

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo Praised for Veto of Assisted Suicide Bill The Patients’ Rights Action Fund and its numerous allies in the disability, medical, and religious communities commend Governor Joe Lombardo for his veto of SB 239, legislation that would have for the first time legalized assisted suicide in Nevada.   “The bill contained deadly harm

Appeal in Shavelson Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed

Appeal in Shavelson Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed In 2022, proponents of assisted suicide attempted to move into allowing euthanasia by filing a lawsuit in federal court, Shavelson, M.D. et al v. California Department of Health Care Services, claiming that the provision in California law which requires that lethal drugs be self-administered is unconstitutional. Proponents lost at

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