“Why disabled people like me fear medically assisted suicide”
We would like to share a remarkable op-ed from Ms. Stephanie Woodward, the Advocacy Director at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, NY. Her message is clear: the disability community should be wary of assisted suicide, because this is a lethal extension of the way that disabled people are too-often coerced and marginalized.
Every word of this Syracuse.com piece is impressive, and we encourage you to take a read.
There is a confidence to this writing that belies real, hard-fought experience against a world that is content determining what is best for the disabled – regardless of the disabled person’s opinion on a subject.
One quote stands out in particular:
“Legalized assisted suicide has a disproportionate impact on disabled people. While everyone else receives suicide prevention, people with disabilities and certain illnesses and old people will receive a fast pass because our lives are viewed as less worthy.”
This kind of discrimination and callousness is exactly why legalization of assisted suicide is unacceptable.
We applaud Stephanie Woodward’s phenomenal writing on behalf of the disability community, and we hope you’ll take the time to read and share.
Read Stephanie’s entire piece here: http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/why_disabled_people_like_me_fear_medically_assisted_suicide_commentary.html]