Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Massachusetts's Disability Community Opposes Pro-Death Ballot Measure

Opposition stiffens among the disability community to Massachusetts’s ballot initiative seeking to legalize assisted suicide.
Disability Rights leaders reach out to Elizabeth Warren regarding 'No On 2'
State and national disability rights/social justice advocates are asking Massachusetts United States Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren to meet about Ballot Question 2 and discuss their reasons for strongly opposing this measure to legalize assisted suicide. The disability rights leaders include: John Kelly - Executive Director of Second Thoughts and former Chair of the Boston Disability Advisory Commission, Karen Shneiderman - Senior Advocacy Specialist for Boston Center for Independent Living Inc, Marilyn Golden - Senior Policy Analyst for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Michael Muehe - Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Diane Coleman - President of Not Dead Yet.  All are part of the diverse coalition urging Massachusetts voters to say 'No' to Ballot Question 2.
"Ballot question 2 contains a number of problematic issues that raise red flags with progressive voters. These are arguments and perspectives Ms. Warren may not have heard yet, and are asking for the opportunity to meet and brief her and her team," said John Kelly, Executive Director of Second Thoughts and former Chair of the Advisory Board to the Boston Disability Commission. more

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