Last updated on: 7/26/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Helena Berger Biography

Title:
President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[I]n this profit-driven economic climate, is it realistic to expect that insurers are going to do the right thing, or the cheap thing? If insurers deny, or even delay, approval of costlier life-saving alternatives, then money saving but fatal measures become the deadly default.

The truth is that assisted suicide as public policy is rife with dangerous loopholes and consequences, especially for the vulnerable in our society. We should reject laws that legalize the practice.”

“Assisted Suicide Laws Are Creating a ‘Duty-to-Die’ Medical Culture,” thehill.com, Dec. 17, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Feature Speaker, Bureau of International Information Program, US Department of State
  • Member, Consumer Advisory Panel, AT&T
  • Member, National Advisory Council, Centene Corporation
  • Treasurer, Board of Directors, ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
  • Co-Chair, Disability Equality Index (DEI) Advisory Committee
  • Former Executive Director, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Former COO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Former Executive Vice President, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Former Advocacy Director, Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (now United Spinal Association)
Education:
  • Attended, Special Studies in Political and Government Affairs, University of Copenhagen
  • BS, Political Science, American University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Financial Motivations Encourage Insurance Companies and Health Care Providers to Promote Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide?
  2. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) Encourage the Healthcare Industry to Promote PAS, Endangering Vulnerable Groups?