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Assisted Suicide Is Dead Wrong

My name is Jensen. I am a 32 year old Disabled American. I'm writing this blog post in order to talk about assisted suicide. Let's start from the beginning. What's assisted suicide? It's the practice of murdering Disabled People in the name of medicine. CDR, along with the overall Disability Community, has long opposed the legalization of assisted suicide. We know firsthand how hard people have to struggle to get decent healthcare. The societal oppression of people with disabilities includes forced institutionalization, impoverishment, and – even now – exclusion from many of the opportunities and experiences other Americans enjoy. Due to the assumption that having a disability is inevitably tied to a poor “quality of life,” all too many medical professionals are prone to seeing people with disabilities as a burden to themselves and to others – as well as an economic burden on medical resources. Assisted suicide is bad public policy. It amounts to the state agreeing that a person’s life is without value. Unless we’re willing to aid and abet the suicides of all people who seriously want to end their lives, granting this “right” to the old, ill, and disabled is only a very lethal form of discrimination. I wrote a blog post for Not Dead Yet, which is a national, grassroots disability rights group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia as deadly forms of discrimination. You can read it here: https://notdeadyet.org/2022/06/jensen-caraballo-assisted-suicide-laws-are-dangerous.html

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