Last updated on: 5/2/2012 | Author:

Stephen Drake, MS Biography

Research Analyst for Not Dead Yet
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Disabled people who experience progressive conditions understand far more than non-disabled people about what it is live with these pressures. We know what is acceptable as disease or disability progresses, and for the huge number of us who say no to assisted suicide, it is because we fear the changing culture such an amendment [Amendment 173 to ‘Coroners and Justice Bill 2009-09’] would bring. People without experience of disability, including our friends and families cannot predict what each stage of our personal journey will mean. Furthermore, financial and emotional conflicts of interest will always present an added burden to the situation. A law decriminalising assisted suicide would undoubtedly place disabled people under pressure to end their lives early to relieve the burden on relatives, carers or the state.”

Co-signer, “Open Letter from Leaders of Disabled People’s Movement in UK and USA,”, July 7, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Analyst, Not Dead Yet, 1997-present
  • Graduate Assistant, Syracuse University, 1992-1997
  • Former Staff, Facilitated Communication Institute, School of Education, Syracuse University
  • Former Staff, Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University
  • Member of the following organizations:, ADAPT, Center for Disability Rights, Progress Center for Independent Living, and Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
  • MS, Special Education, Syracuse University, 1991
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