Who's really hurt by assisted suicide?

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November 4, 2014

By Diane Coleman

(CNN) -- A beautiful 29-year-old woman with a rare brain tumor,Brittany Maynard and her tragic death have sparked the on-again, off-again debate about whether assisted suicide should be legalized in this country.

The media frenzy over the Maynard story has made it almost impossible for a legitimate opposing view to be heard, and many people believe that any opposition has to come from religious extremists or right-wing busybodies.

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Debate Over Physician Assisted Suicide In NJ

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Nov 04, 2014

By Bill Anderson, @ChasingBillA

...“The [Brittany Maynard] case is promoting the misperception that a terminal diagnosis is a death sentence, the way this case has been promoted and glamorized is likely to push people on the edge over to thinking that it might really be best for them to die and that people would celebrate them,” John Kelly, “Not Dead Yet” regional directed stated.

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Assisted suicide laws are more dangerous than people acknowledge

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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?

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10/14/2014

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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