Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics: Advancing the Disability Rights Perspective on Bioethics Issues

Source: Not Dead Yet

Months of work came to fruition on April 25 – 26, 2014 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, VA. Conference planning experts told us to expect a 10% no show rate, but out of our final count of 68 who signed up to attend (we had initially expected about 50), only 3 missed it. That's a clue about the amazing level of participation we had for the first ever Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics (DRLIB).

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Vt. Senate president says he'd support repeal of aid-in-dying law

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 27, 2014 - 5:01 pm EST

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The president pro tem of the Vermont Senate says he would support a repeal of the state's aid-in-dying law, but its chief sponsor says she hasn't heard anything about the way it's operating to give her concern.

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Wrong On Assisted Suicide In Oregon

-Wednesday February 12, 2014 -  From Corant.com

The editorial "Give Dignity A Chance" [Feb. 9] stated that of those who applied for assisted suicide in Oregon, "only one person in six actually ingests the medication." According to the most recent report from the Oregon state health agency, however, "Of the 122 patients for whom DWDA prescriptions were written during 2013, 63 (51.6%) ingested and died from the medication," 28 died from other causes, and the rest are pending or unknown.

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Physicians are Healers – Not Killers

In a stunningly horrific move, Belgium's Senate legalized child euthanasia/assisted suicide last week prompting immediate responses by pediatricians, pediatric organizations and pediatric palliative care groups throughout the world.
Compassion & Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society and the organization pushing assisted suicide legislation in U.S. states like New Mexico, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, has been conspicuously silent despite a wave of consternation throughout the media. The only American media outlet to date to give voice in support of euthanizing children is the LA Times who ran two opinion editorials praising Belgium while referring to those in opposition as "paranoid" and "death squeamish."

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Assisted Suicide In Nevada

-February 5, Nevada Public Radio - KNPR.ORG

A New Mexico judge made a ruling that got the state closer to becoming the fifth to allow for assisted suicide, which gives terminally ill patients the option to end their lives in order to end physical and mental suffering. State Senator David Parks thinks Nevada residents should have that option as well. But opponents say right to die is a slippery slope, which can lead to abuse by unethical family members, or exploitation by insurers who don't want to pay for prolonged care.

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