Assisted suicide laws are more dangerous than people acknowledge
October 31, 2014
By John B. Kelly
The media is flush with the sympathetic story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old newlywed with aggressive brain cancer. Her video advocating expanded assisted suicide laws has been seen millions of times, prompting another push in the State Assembly to pass an assisted suicide bill.
When the focus is on an individual, assisted suicide can sound good – who’s against compassion or relieving suffering? But a closer look reveals that assisted suicide puts vulnerable people in mortal danger.
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Locals debate assisted suicide: should it be legal?
Diane Coleman, President & CEO of Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights organization, discusses Brittany Maynard's tragic illness and the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide.
..."Where assisted suicide is legal there is a blanket, an immunity that covers all of that and there is no investigation, no questions asked and the door for that needs to remain open not closed. Because of the real risks that old, ill and disabled people face in this society."
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