Resources

Works Cited 

“The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws,” a report by the National Council on Disability issued in October 2019.

“Oregon Death with Dignity Act: 2019 Data Summary,” published by the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Center for Health Statistics.

“Why Physicians Should Oppose Assisted Suicide,” by Y. Tony Yang, ScD., LLM., MPH and Farr A. Curlin, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 315, no. 3 (2016): 247-8.

“How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?,” by David Albert Jones, DPhil, and David Paton, Ph.D., Southern Medical Journal, Volume 108, no. 10 (2015): 599-604.

“Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999-2017,” published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCHS Data Brief No. 330, November 2018.

“Death Rates Due to Suicide and Homicide Among Persons Aged 10-24: United States, 2000-2017,” published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCHS Data Brief No, 352, October 2019.

“Palliative Care or Hospice? The Right Care at the Right Time for Seriously Ill Individuals,” a two-page fact sheet published in 2019 by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Illinois Department of Public Health, obtain the form for the Illinois Health Care Power of Attorney by looking for advance directives on the forms and publications page.

“Encouraging End-of-Life Conversations: A Catholic Perspective on Advance Directives,” published by the Catholic Conference of Illinois and offering Catholic guidance and additional options to the Illinois Health Care Power of Attorney.

Helpful Websites

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, DREDF is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

Not Dead Yet, Not Dead Yet is a national, grassroots disability rights group that opposes legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia as deadly forms of discrimination against old, ill and disabled people. Not Dead Yet helps organize and articulate opposition to these practices based on secular social justice arguments.

Patients Rights Council, PRC is committed to the principle that individuals have the right to know all the facts about the critical issues of life, death, and assisted suicide. The organization offers practical support to those facing critical situations for themselves or a loved one by and provides to the public rational, factual information about the results of doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia.

Patients Rights Action Fund, PRAF seeks to protect patients’ civil rights and oppose efforts to make suicide a legal medical treatment option. The organization builds coalitions of new and existing diverse grassroots organizations that oppose assisted suicide on the state level.

Videos  

Dr. Brian Callister has first-hand knowledge of how insurance companies are denying access to treatment for patients and are instead  offering assisted suicide. It happened to two of his patients, and serves as a disturbing reminder of the dangers to vulnerable people when assisted suicide becomes public policy. 

Dr. Tatiana Santos is a young physician who believes that assisted suicide represents one of the biggest threats to authentic medicine. Her words of caution are especially poignant in view to today’s medical landscape, where doctors are often pressured by health care systems to contain costs.

J.J. Hansen was diagnosed in May 2014 with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and given 4 months to live. He refused to give up, got a second opinion, underwent surgery and received chemotherapy. He worked against legalization of assisted suicide across the country until his death in December 2017.  

Suffering from clinical depression, Luke Maxwell said he felt alone, unloved and unwanted. He deliberately crashed a car he was driving without a seat belt at 60 mph, yet survived. He learned that any suicide has a ripple effect, impacting family, friends and acquaintances. He now believes that every suicide is a tragedy.