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Foundational Basics in Opposing the Legalization of Assisted Suicide

Aug. 18, 2015 at 2:00 – 3:30pm Eastern


Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Focusing on the Issues

-       How do the assisted suicide laws work in Oregon and Washington State?

-       Are depressed people dying by assisted suicide in Oregon?

-       Does the Oregon assisted suicide law ensure patient choice?

-       Does the Oregon assisted suicide law ensure consent?

-       Where does the data concerning the assisted suicide deaths come from?


Marilyn Golden

Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

The Why and How of Opposing Assisted Suicide Laws

-       Why oppose assisted suicide laws

-       We need everyone.

-       Know your audience.

-       Most effective messengers

-       Working in cross-constituency coalitions


Tim Rosales

Political Director, Patients Rights Action Fund

Planning and Organizing Against Assisted Suicide

-       Past Case studies – WA/OR, MA, CA

-       The Approach: Legislation, Ballot Measures, Lawsuits

-       Strategy before Tactics

-       Avoiding pitfalls


Thanks to the Great Lakes ADA Center, we will be using an accessible webinar platform for the greatest availability for anyone who may want to participate.



The mission of the Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF) is to protect the rights of patients, people with disabilities, and others negatively affected by pro-doctor assisted suicide legislation through assisting broad based, single issue coalitions.