Last updated on: 7/30/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Joan Tollifson, MA Biography

Title:
Writer and teacher
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Some people with disabilities hear in the right-to-die movement the old message that we disabled folks would be better off dead and that our lives are not worth living.

I understand from my own life experience where these fears come from. I am an older person, and I was born with a disability (my father was offered the chance to smother me at birth as a result). I have also had many friends over the years with severe disabilities, as well as friends who have lived well with serious chronic pain and incapacitation. But in the case of right-to die legislation, I feel that these concerns are enormously exaggerated and actually quite paranoid and misinformed.”

“Death with Dignity and People with Disabilities,” deathwithdignity.org, June 19, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Buddhist teacher
  • Author
  • Education:
  • MA, San Francisco State University
  • BA, Bard College
  • Other:
  • None found
  • Quoted in:
    1. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) Encourage the Healthcare Industry to Promote PAS, Endangering Vulnerable Groups?