"The [Supreme Court of Canada] judgment creates the potential for the most permissive and least restrictive criteria for assisted suicide in the world, putting persons with disabilities at serious risk." . . . A statement from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (2015)
“Vote as if your life depends on it . . . because it does.” . . . Justin Dart, activist for people with disabilities.
“We think equal rights should also mean equal rights to suicide prevention.”
“We think equal rights should also mean equal rights to suicide prevention.”. . . Diane Coleman, president of the disability-rights group Not Dead Yet.
“Let us honor Connecticut’s progressive tradition against discrimination by ensuring equal access to noncoercive suicide prevention services for old, ill, and disabled people, rather than offering suicide assistance.” . . . disability community activist Stephen Mendelsohn (2015).
“No matter how many safeguards go into the bill, we [people with disabilities] are going to be the collateral damage.” . . . Cathy Ludlum (who has a neuromuscular disease that took away her ability to move) discussing the proposed 2015 Connecticut assisted-suicide bill.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
TERRI SCHINDLER-SCHIAVO CASE
KATE ADAMSON CASE
"... I have been diagnosed as imminently terminal three times since my accident. Each time, my lifespan was supposed to be measured in days. The difference is, all three times, every medical effort was made to save me. Physicians, insurance companies always thought that way.. They put the patient first an worried about the cost later. Adding legalized PAS (physician assisted suicide) in, could be the last building block in the destruction of that system. ... When the cost factor is added in, our odds get rapidly worse. With health care professionals being forced by insurance companies/bureaucracies to balance cutting costs against what's in the best interest of their patient, add in legalized PAS and the possibility of being offered a cheap end to your life as opposed to an astronomically expensive long term plan of treatment is all to real." ... from a statement by a man with a disability.
“It was yet another attempt to show that the life of a disabled person has no value.” ... wheelchair and ventilator-dependent author Jason Mitchener commenting on the movie "Million Dollar Baby"
"Once the syringe-bearing genie is out of the bottle, who can say what homicidal wonders he may next perform?" ... Don Feder in A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America
"Recently there was a conference at a local nursing home. The elderly residents had been promised a nice afternoon discussion complete with tea and cookies. Instead they were told, by the visiting 'experts', that maybe they were becoming a burden to their loved ones. Maybe they should consider forgoing all medical care. I watched tears well up in the eyes of many of the elderly residents. They left the conference room that day with a heavy burden of guilt - just because they were not yet ready to die." ... advocacy journalist Rosemarie Jackowski in an article on the 2013 assisted-suicide bill in Vermont.
"You may not be interested in euthanasia, but euthanasia is interested in you" ... web commentator modifying the Leon Trotsky quotation,“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”
Regarding the "safeguard" that a proposed 2014 UK assisted suicide bill would only be allowed for people with six months to live, Baroness Campbell, who has muscular atrophy, said: “I have been given six months to live probably about five times in my life."