Friday, March 24, 2017

Include disability suicide statistics

Our predatory corporate opponent abandoned their legislative effort to legalize assisted suicide in Montana after record lobbying spending. 

Thank you, legislators, for holding the line since 2011. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bradley Williams Published

Reader's View: Assisted-suicide laws flawed

Bradley Williams

I found while serving 60 fair booth days in Montana that about half the public thinks they are in favor of assisted-suicide laws — until they learn about the flaws in these laws that create new paths to elder abuse, with immunity. Once they learn that the a patient's predatory heir may steer the signup process and then administer the lethal dose without oversight, they  say, "I am not for that!"

Bradley D. Williams, President
Montanans Against Assisted Suicide

This is in response to a commentary in the News Tribune headlined, "Legalizing assisted suicide undermines real health care."

Montana: Say "No" to the Oregon Experience

By Margaret K. Dore, Esq.
To view pdf version with footnotes, click here.

Since the passage of Oregon’s law allowing physician-assisted suicide, other suicides in Oregon have steadily increased. This is consistent with a suicide contagion in which the legalization of physician-assisted suicides has encouraged other suicides. In Oregon, the financial and emotional impacts of suicide on family members and the broader community are devastating and long-lasting.

A.  Suicide is Contagious 

It is well known that suicide is contagious. A famous example is Marilyn Monroe. Her widely reported suicide was followed by “a spate of suicides.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bradley Williams Published on Proposed Suicide Prevention Resolution

Stephen Mendelsohn
Second Thoughts
In 2015, Stephen Mendelsohn and Cathy Ludlum, both of the disability rights group, Second Thoughts Connecticut, successfully lobbied Connecticut authorities to recognize that everyone, including people with disabilities, have a right to suicide prevention.

Since then, Mendelsohn, Diane Coleman of the disability rights group, Not Dead Yet, and Marsha Katz of Adapt Montana, have been taking the lead to encourage the amendment of other state prevention plans to specifically include people with disabilities.

Bradley Williams, President
On September 5, 2016, Bradley Williams published a proposed resolution for Montana, to be presented to the Montana Legislature in 2017.  Please find a copy below: