Lord Falconer has resubmitted his bill to change the law on assisted dying. It will be debated in the House of Lords on the 18th of July. Not Dead Yet UK and several other supportive disability organisations are planning to lobby peers to ensure this bill is defeated.
We intend to gather in the lay-by (almost) opposite the Peers’ Entrance Palace of Westminster between 9:30am and 3:30pm on the 18th of July.
We will be wearing black and red if you can too that would be great.
The key messages we want to get across are
  • We are deeply concerned that a change in the law will lead to disabled people – and other vulnerable people, including older people – feeling under pressure to end their lives.
  • The issue tells us a lot about public attitudes towards disabled people.
  • 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 commit suicide, we focus on how we can make that possible?
  • We believe that the campaign to legalise assisted suicide reinforces deep-seated beliefs that the lives of sick and disabled people are not worth as much as other people’s. That if you are disabled or terminally ill, it’s not worth being alive.
  • Disabled people want help to live – not to die.
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  • Ila Bell
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    I believe that it is good that ‘not dead as yet’ are concerned about people with disabilities and believes that everybody who needs help should be given help, even people with disabilities.

    But what they forget is that people with disabilities have a mind and each one of us is unique. We can think logically and make decisions for ourselves.

    So, instead of patronising us as vulnerable and idiots, what ‘not dead as yet’ ought to be doing is fighting for our rights to have a choice for our lives…….whether it is to live or die. The organisation, if it truly believed in caring for vulnerable people with disabilities, terminal or otherwise, should be fighting to give us the ultimate control of our lives instead of putting their own ideals and beliefs on us.

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