MONTREAL, June 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet
announced today an initiative to respond to Québec's proposed law to
allow euthanasia of people with disabilities, whether or not they have
a terminal illness. The initiative is designed to educate the
disability community and the general public about the potential dangers
of euthanasia for elders and people with disabilities.
TVNDY points out that requests for euthanasia are really requests for
suicide requests. People making such requests should be given suicide
prevention services, instead of being helped to kill themselves. TVNDY
believes the push for euthanasia laws is a product of discriminatory
assumptions about the value and quality of life of people with
disabilities, as well as public policies that prevent disabled people
from enjoying equal rights.
Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet (TVNDY) is a project of the Council of
Canadians with Disabilities whose mission is to unite and give voice to
the disability opposition to assisted suicide, euthanasia and similar
end-of-life practices. Based in Québec, TVNDY is a progressive,
non-religious organization run by and for people with disabilities that
examines end-of-life issues from a disability rights perspective.
The education initiative will include making more articles and
publications by disability rights scholars and activists available in
French via the group's website (TVNDY.ca), online discussion sessions, outreach to disability groups, and
conducting a survey of the experiences of people with disabilities
related to end-of-life issues.
SOURCE: Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet
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