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5th June 2014

'The Assisted Dying Bill devalues the lives of terminally ill and disabled people'

Eight prominent disabled rights campaigners expressed their opposition to Lord Falconer's retabled 'Assisted Dying Bill' in a letter to the Telegraph today. Express your solidarity with them by signing Not Dead Yet's petition calling on the Prime Minister to follow through on his stated opposition to assisted suicide.

5 Jun 2014

SIR - Many disabled people strongly oppose legalising assisted suicide. We are deeply concerned that a change in the law will lead to disabled people - and other vulnerable people, including the elderly - feeling pressure to end their lives.

Why is it that when people who are not disabled want to commit suicide, we try to talk them out of it, but when a disabled person wants to do so, we focus on how we can make that possible?

The campaign to legalise assisted suicide reinforces deep-seated beliefs that the lives of terminally ill and disabled people are not worth as much as other people's.

Dr Alice Maynard (Chairman, Scope)
Dr Phil Friend (Chairman, Disability Rights UK)
Baroness Campbell of Surbiton
Baroness Grey-Thompson
Ann Macfarlane
Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick
Mik Scarlet
Liz Carr

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