Disability Rights Advocate: Assisted Suicide Laws Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act

(Newsweek) – This summer, disability rights advocates sued California over its so-called End of Life Options Act. Under this 2016 law, assisted suicide is available to persons deemed terminally ill with less than six months to live. But, as argued in the lawsuit, the act violates the legal rights of disabled Californians and worsens the dehumanization they already face.

California residents Lonnie VanHook and Ingrid Tischer know the problem firsthand. VanHook and Tischer have significant disabilities that would be fatal without medical management. Both have struggled to get medical care and in-home support. CONTINUE