◆児玉 真美 2014/10/25 「Not Dead Yet と Second Thoughts から Byock医師への賛同声明」
◆児玉 真美 2013/08/13 「NDYのDian Colemanによる自殺幇助合法化批判」
◆2009/08/11 Peter Singer in NY Times Magazine: Disability Community Responds!
Not Dead Yet News Commentary, Tuesday, August 11, 2009
◇Singer, Peter 2009/07/15 "Why We Must Ration Health Care", New York Times Magazine, July 15, 2009
「Not Dead Yet（NDY・「まだ死んでない」）は、幇助された自殺と安楽死を合法化する運動に反対するために作られた、草の根の障害者の権利のためのグループです。」
◆市野川 容孝・立岩 真也 1998/02/01 「障害者運動から見えてくるもの」（対談），『現代思想』26-2(1998-2):258-285→立岩『弱くある自由へ』（青土社，2000）に収録
◇National Council on Disability
◇Not Dead Yet
◇World Institute on Disability
◇National Council on Independent Living（NCIL）
◆立岩 真也 20041115 『ＡＬＳ――不動の身体と息する機械』，医学書院<，449p. ISBN：4260333771 2940 ［amazon］／［kinokuniya］
「安楽死に反対する人たちは外国にはいないのかといえば、そんなことはない。そして反対者はカトリックなどの宗教的生命尊重主義者たちに限られるかと言えばそんなこともない。例えば米国には『まだ死んでない（Not Dead Yet）』（http://acils.com/NotDeadYet/）というホームページがあり、次のようなことが書いてある。《障害をもつアメリカ人は、あなた方の憐れみもいらないし、私たちを死に追いやる慈悲もいらない。私たちが欲しいのは自由だ。私たちが欲しいのは「生」だ。》。また探してみると、「反安楽死国際機動部隊（International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force）」（http://www.iaetf.org/）などという組織もあるらしい（私のホームページですこし紹介している）。
「Americans with Disabilities don't want your pity or your lethal mercy, We want freedom. We want LIFE.
URGENT NATIONAL ALERT!
Not Dead Yet to confront International Euthanasia Groups Meeting in Boston Massachusetts, Labor Day Weekend, September 2, 2000. Click Here To See How You Can Participate」
Who Are we and why are we here!! Read Not Daed Yet, The Resistance
You might be under the impression that assisted suicide advocates only want to give this "right" to the terminally ill. The history and actions of tell a different story. The REAL Hemlock Society
The REAL Hemlock Society = http://www.notdeadyet.org/hemlock.htm（↓）
For our analysis of the alleged safeguards in the proposed assisted suicide bills. Click Here（↓）
Not Dead yet is joined by Eleven other members of the disability community who OPPOSE the legalization of assisted suicide. Read The List.（↓）
◆The REAL Hemlock Society = http://www.notdeadyet.org/hemlock.htm（↓）
The REAL Hemlock Society
(Note - The Hemlock Society in the United States has been in existence for 17 years and has an estimated 25,000 members. It is the oldest organization of
its kind on this continent and therefore deserves special attention in regard to just what its leaders have been advocating in regard to euthanasia - as it turns out, the words and actions of Hemlock leaders often indicate a more radical agenda than the public stance of the organization itself. This agenda is also evident in the beliefs of its membership. In a survey that Hemlock distributes, over 80% of the members support the extension of the "right to die" to the "hopelessly ill". Below are some clues as to what that term means to Hemlock members.)
Dori Zook, Hemlock Society public relations director, claimed in a recent internet message that Hemlock supports legalization of physician- assisted death only in cases of terminal illness. And Hemlock's website asserts that the Society favors physician-assisted suicide strictly for someone "who is already in the dying process." But there is a glaring discrepancy between this official stance and what prominent members of Hemlock have said and done.
For example, there is this little gem from Hemlock co-founder Derek Humphry's book, Final Exit:
"What can those of us who sympathize with a justified suicide by a
handicapped person do to help? When we have statutes on the books permitting
lawful physician aid-in-dying for the terminally ill, I believe that along
with this reform there will come a more tolerant attitude to the other
Or take the actions of Hemlock leaders in the case of Elizabeth Bouvia.
Writing about the Bouvia case, Humphrey expressed Hemlock's support of the right to voluntary euthanasia for "a person terminally ill, or severely handicapped and deteriorating...." Hemlock Quarterly 14 (1984). But Ms Bouvia was not "deteriorating." Cerebral palsy is not degenerative. The open-ended term "deteriorating" can be made to mean almost anything in order to justify a disabled person's suicide.
Bouvia's lawyers, led by Richard Scott, another co-founder of Hemlock, distorted the nature of her disability, likening her to a terminal patient. "Were Plaintiff Bouvia an 84-year-old woman whose life was prolonged solely by various tubes and numerous machines," they argued in the Riverside Superior Court, "and she sought to end such an existence, it is doubtful that this Court would even be involved....Plaintiff should not be denied that same right merely because she is 26 years of age and does not yet require a machine or machines (other than her wheelchair) to prolong her pitiful existence." Plaintiff's Memorandum, Bouvia v. Riverside County, 14.
A wheelchair is not a life-prolonging machine, nor will Bouvia's cerebral palsy ever require her to use such machines. Advocates of assisted suicide prejudicially twist the facts of disability to make their case.
Bouvia had been through a series of devastating ordeals in the two years preceding her request for help in ending her life: The graduate program in social work at San Diego State University violated her federally protected civil rights. Bouvia dropped out of school, and the state Dept. of Rehabilitation repossessed her wheelchair-lift-equipped van. (Instead of urging her to fight this discrimination, Richard Scott declared publicly: "Quadriplegics cannot work.")
Meanwhile, she married and kept her marriage secret from social- welfare authorities in order not to run afoul of the "marriage disincentives" that would have cost her her essential financial aid. She got pregnant, had a miscarriage, separated from her husband, decide to divorce him, and learned that her brother had drowned and that her mother had cancer.
At this point, Bouvia checked herself into the psychiatric unit of Riverside
County Hospital and said she wanted help to die.
Scott brought in a doctor, a psychiatrist, and an educational psychologist to evaluate Bouvia. Bouvia reported to them the emotionally devastating experiences of the preceding two years. She also said she wanted to die because of her disability. Ignoring all of the emotional blows and discrimination, they concluded that because of her physical condition she would never be able to achieve her life goals, that her disability was the sole reason she wanted to die, and that her decision for death was reasonable. The psychologist was Faye Girsh, the current president of the National Hemlock Society.
More recently, there is this from Janet Good, past president and founder of
the Michigan Hemlock. Good has also attained some notoriety by collaborating
with Jack Kevorkian in ending the lives of some individuals with nonterminal
Washington Post, August 11, 1996: "Pain is not the main
reason we want to die. It's the indignity. It's the inability to get out of
bed or get onto the toilet, let alone drive a car or go shopping without
another's help. I can speak for literally hundreds of people whose bedside
I've sat at over the years. Every client I've talked to - I call them
'clients' because I'm not a medical professional - they've had enough when
they can't go to the bathroom by themselves. Most of them say, 'I can't stand
my mother - my husband - wiping my butt.' That's why everybody in the movement
talks about dignity. People have their pride. They want to be in charge."
Many people with disabilities need such assistance in the bathroom, assistance which they are in charge of and which they do not regard as undignified. It's a dying shame that Ms. Good doesn't convey a more respectful attitude toward her "clients." Instead she reinforces and lethally acts out the devaluing attitudes of our society that tell sick or disabled people they lack dignity because they need assistance with basic activities of daily living, and would be better off dead.
Have we really gotten to the point in this country that we will sanction and
abet the suicides of people because they can't wipe their own behinds? people who have internalized society's contempt as self-hatred? That Janet Good thinks this justifies facilitating suicides shows what little progress we have made in rooting out disability prejudice.
Ms Good's colleague, Jack Kevorkian, openly expresses even greater contempt for sick and disabled people. He sees us as a drain on society. He told a Michigan Court in August 1990: "The voluntary self-elimination of individual and (sic) mortally diseased and crippled lives taken collectively can only enhance the preservation of public health and welfare."
If Hemlock's leaders really oppose prejudice against people with disabilities, they must publicly denounce Jack Kevorkian's bigotry.
The statements and actions noted above are neither stray, nor taken out of context. RTD leaders, time after time, have demonstrated the same willingness to promote this final "solution" to the problems of people with disabilities. Taken together, these words and deeds mark a clear and consistent pattern of promoting assisted suicide for people with disabilities.
Why, then do RTD leaders now claim to advocate a narrower application of assisted suicide? Perhaps they tailor their message depending on the immediate political climate and who they think is listening. For the benefit of all of us who are listening, we call on Hemlock, its leaders, and allies to come forward with boldness and honesty to clearly state their complete agenda.
◆PROPOSED ASSISTED SUICIDE "SAFEGUARDS"
Click Here = http://www.notdeadyet.org/docs/ndysafeguards.html
PROPOSED ASSISTED SUICIDE "SAFEGUARDS"
The following comments on the "safeguards" contained in proposed bills and referenda to legalize assisted suicide highlight their universal failure to provide meaningful protections against abuses.
Information About "Feasible Alternatives." This "safeguard" provides that the physician must first inform the patient about "feasible alternatives, including, but not limited to, comfort care, hospice care, palliative treatment, and pain control." There is no requirement that these services actually be paid for and made available to the individual in any version of these bills and referenda. Nor is there any requirement that home health services be provided that would relieve demands on family members and ease the patient's feelings of being a "burden." Under the proposed laws, "choice" is an empty slogan.
The Professional Consultations. Two consultations are required under this "safeguard," one to establish that the condition is "terminal," the other to establish that the patient's request is "voluntary" and "informed," or that it is not the product of "impaired judgment" caused by a diagnosed mental illness. The life experiences of people with disabilities are filled with evidence of the unreliability of medical and professional opinions about either physical or psychological issues. Many of us were expected to die, but lived---and lived to enjoy life with our disabilities. Numerous research studies demonstrate that physicians consistently and dramatically underestimate our "quality of life" compared to our own assessments. In several highly publicized "right to die" court cases involving people with non-terminal disabilities, psychiatrists and psychologists have incorrectly concluded that the individual's suicidal despair was permanent and untreatable. None of the proposed standards address the realities of the most prevalent, but subtle, forms of social coercion.
The "Good Faith" Standard. This "safeguard" provides that no person will be subject to any form of legal liability if they participate in "good faith." A claimed "good faith" belief that the requirements of the law are satisfied is virtually impossible to disprove, rendering all other proposed "safeguards" effectively unenforceable and legally immunizing all participants.
In practical effect, the proposed laws would secure civil and criminal immunity for physicians and other participants in assisted suicide or euthanasia: a few forms in the medical chart, no questions asked. On balance, the risk these bills pose to the many outweigh any alleged potential benefit to a few.
◆The List = http://www.notdeadyet.org/docs/ndyopposed.html
◆American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT) - ADAPT advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities, old and young, to receive long term care services in the community instead of being warehoused in nursing homes and institutions.
◆Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) - APRIL is the national association of centers for independent living, statewide independent living councils, and other organizations working with people with disabilities living in rural areas.
◆Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - DREDF is the leading force in education and legal enforcement of the ADA and other laws that prohibit discrimination based on disability.
◆Justice For All - Justice For All and its extensive email network were formed to defend and advance disability rights and programs in the U.S. Congress.
◆National Council on Disability - The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with Disabilities.
◆National Council on Independent Living - NCIL is the national association of hundreds of consumer-controlled Centers for Independent Living, non-residential grassroots advocacy and service organizations operated by and for people with disabilities.
◆National Spinal Cord Injury Association - The National Spinal Cord Injury Association is an international nonprofit organization for people living with spinal cord injury. Their mission is to enable people with spinal cord injuries to make choices and take actions so that they might achieve their highest level of independence and personal fulfillment.
◆Not Dead Yet - NDY is a grassroots disability rights group formed to oppose the movement to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Not Dead Yet（NDY・「まだ死んでない」）は、幇助された自殺と安楽死を合法化する運動に反対するために作られた、草の根の障害者の権利のためのグループです。
◆TASH - TASH is a civil rights organization for, and of, people with mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other conditions that make full integration a challenge.
◆World Association of Persons with Disabilities - WAPD advances the interests of persons with disabilities at national, state, local and home levels.
◆World Institute on Disability - WID is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting-edge research on disability issue and overcoming obstacles to independent living. It was founded by Ed Roberts, the "father" of the independent living movement.