Marilyn Golden, senior Policy Analyst at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, recently sent a cover letter to the New Jersey Senate committee preparing to hear testimony on assisted suicide bill S382.
Dear New Jersey Senators on the Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens,
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) opposes the legalization of assisted suicide because it poses great dangers to people with disabilities, as well as the general public.
Please see my recent op ed, which was published on the CNN website, for some important reasons why. It is attached.
We strongly urge you to oppose the legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide!
Thank you for your consideration,
Originally published in CNN
My heart goes out to Brittany Maynard, who is dying of brain
cancer and who wrote last week about her desire for what is often
referred to as “death with dignity.”
Yet while I have every sympathy for her situation, it is important to
remember that for every case such as this, there are hundreds — or
thousands — more people who could be significantly harmed if
assisted suicide is legal.
The legalization of assisted suicide always appears acceptable when
the focus is solely on an individual. But it is important to remember
that doing so would have repercussions across all of society, and
would put many people at risk of immense harm. After all, not every
terminal prognosis is correct, and not everyone has a loving husband, family or support system.
Read the full article at CNN