Last updated on: 5/2/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Not Dead Yet Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Though often described as compassionate, legalized medical killing is really about a deadly double standard for people with severe disabilities, including both conditions that are labeled terminal and those that are not. Disability opposition to this ultimate form of discrimination has been ignored by most media and courts, but countless people with disabilities have already died before their time. For some, a disabled person’s suicidal cry for help was ignored, misinterpreted, or even exploited by the right-to-die movement. For others, death came at the request of a family member or other health care surrogate. This is not compassion, it’s contempt.”

www.notdeadyet.org (accessed May 22, 2006)

Description:

“Not Dead Yet was founded on April 27,1996, shortly after Jack Kevorkian was acquitted in the assisted suicides of two women with non-terminal disabilities. In a 1997 Supreme Court rally, the outcry of 500 people withdisabilities chanting ‘Not Dead Yet’ was heard around the world. Since then, eleven other national disability rights groups have joined NDY in opposing legalized assisted suicide, chapters have taken action in over 30 states, and we helped put Jack Kevorkian behind bars in 1999. In the 2003-2005 fight to save Terri Schiavo, twenty-five national disability groups joined Not Dead Yet in opposing her guardian’s right to starve and dehydrate her to death.”

www.notdeadyet.org (accessed May 22, 2006)

Mission:

“To organize and give voice to the disability rights opposition to legalization of assisted suicide, active euthanasia and non-voluntary passive euthanasia, and to call for the equal protection of the law for people with disabilities.”

Email to Euthanasia ProCon.org, Jan. 6, 2007

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Have Been Removed?
  2. Should the Government Have Been Involved in Terri Schiavo's End-of-Life Decisions?