IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2014CONTACTS Diane Coleman 708-420-0539, Gary Armold 773-425-2536
"This is a collection
of reckless suicide fanatics."
The disability rights group, Not Dead Yet announced today that it would lead a three-day protest vigil against the World Federation of Right to Die Societies during the Federation's biennial meeting being held in Chicago. Not Dead Yet has scheduled a rally to open the protest vigil at 511 North Columbus Drive on September 18 at 12 PM.
"We are here to contradict the message of these groups that it's better to be dead than disabled," said Not Dead Yet president Diane Coleman of New York.
"This is a collection of reckless suicide fanatics," said John Kelly of Second Thoughts Massachusetts, whose group was instrumental in defeating assisted suicide bills and a referendum in that state.
"These are the people that we have seen in the news, people who condoned the suicides of the Belgian twins who were losing their sight, or of the woman who was afraid she would not be able to see a stain on her shirt." said Amy Hasbrouck from the Canadian group, Toujours Vivant/Not Dead Yet, which is working to defeat Canadian initiatives that will be promoted at the conference.
Hasbrouck and other Canadians will be joining the Chicago protest vigil.