Openness to the possibility of supporting suicide would offer the
benefit of a more accepting, more reasonable, and more caring
atmosphere, she claimed.
She urged a "genuine interaction and exchange" between the two
different responses to the potential suicide. "After all, suicide
advocacy, like suicide prevention, is humanitarian at root. Each
has -- or should have -- the interest of individual human beings at
heart," she said.
At a Hemlock Society conference in 1985, Battin acknowledged that
dying "relatively early, relatively easily, in a way in which you
won't impose a burden on others" was a real possibility if euthanasia
was legalized ...
... Those least capable of withstanding the pressure to request
euthanasia or commit suicide would be people who have been the least
self-determining throughout their lives, Battin suggested. She noted
that particularly vulnerable would be a woman who has lived for her
family and has always been concerned about the needs and comfort of
... Two years later, in March 1987, an article in the Washington
Times described Battin as saying that suicide assistance might be
warranted for elderly people worried about the prospect of extreme
old age and lack of resources. [Joyce Price, "Pro-Suicide Activists
Call for Right to Assist," Washington Times, March 13, 1987.]
Californians Against Assisted Suicide (CAAS) was established to defeat legislation that would legalize "assisted suicide" in California. CAAS is a coalition of health care, disability rights, and grassroots advocacy organizations united in strong opposition to the legalization of "assisted suicide."
|SOURCE Californians Against Assisted Suicide|
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