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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.

Assisted suicide is flawed

As pastors, we see firsthand the issues that the most vulnerable members of our society face. I see what happens when one life is deemed more valuable than another and that is exactly why we are opposed to legalizing assisted suicide in Massachusetts. Assisted suicide unfairly targets the most vulnerable: the terminally ill, people with

NH Court Expands Guardian’s Authority to Forgo Care Against Ward’s Wishes

New Hampshire court says a guardian doesn’t have to follow a ward’s known preferences regarding life-sustaining treatment, harming patient care and disincentivizing lifesaving care because insurance companies have a cheaper option.   In the same way, #assistedsuicide legislation targets the vulnerable, allowing a guardian to be a beneficiary of the patient’s estate AND be signer

Netherlands backs euthanasia for terminally ill children under 12

  The Dutch government has approved plans to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children aged between one and 12. …Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said the rule change would prevent some children from “suffering hopelessly and unbearably”. Euthanasia is currently legal in the Netherlands for children older than 12, with mandatory consent from the patient

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