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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.

7 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.

Get the Truth

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

(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)

Incremental Strategy

Proponents deliberately and steadily strip safeguards away from assisted suicide bills around the world and in the United States. These put more populations at risk in incremental stages.

Unintended Consequences

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

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.

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

No, assisted suicide should not be another option for end-of-life care.

Anyone dying in discomfort may legally today, in all 50 states, receive palliative sedation. The patient would be sedated and discomfort relieved while the dying process takes place. This is a legal practice that accomplishes the supposed goal of assisted suicide laws without all the baggage. But proponents of assisted suicide laws are trying to

Anita Cameron’s Story

Assisted Suicide: Black and Latino People REJECT Assisted Suicide Anita Cameron’s Story “As a Black Latina, I could never wrap my head around the assisted suicide phenomenon. I thought that it was some odd thing that privileged White people were into.”   Anita is professionally and personally aware of the fact that Black and Brown

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