A Disabled Life Is A Life Worth Living

Author Ben Mattlin has written a profound article on the value of life with a disability, partly in response to the suicide of Jerika Bolen, a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl who ended her life by refusing medical treatment. Mattlin has Spinal Muscular Atrophy–the same disability Bolen had. “I dare not judge Jerika Bolen. I don’t know the…

Partial Victory in Assisted Suicide Lawsuit

Life Legal attorneys, led by Katie Short, appeared in court this morning to argue for a preliminary injunction that would block implementation of California’s assisted suicide law. The following issues were ruled on by Judge Daniel A. Ottolia at this morning’s hearing: “Standing”: VICTORY! The judge held that our plaintiffs, six physicians and a nationwide…

Life Legal Fights Medical Murder

Last week, Life Legal had the opportunity to meet three heroes in the fight against the legalization of assisted suicide: 30-year-old former U.S. Marine JJ Hanson, his wife Kristen Hanson, and Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a psychiatrist with the University of California at Irvine’s Neuropsychiatric Center. In 2014, both Brittany Maynard and JJ Hanson were diagnosed…

Do Assisted Suicide Laws Promote Suicide?

Assisted suicide laws communicate the message that under especially difficult circumstances, some lives are not worth living. This message will be heard by not only those with a terminal illness but also any person struggling with the temptation to end his or her life. Suicide rates constitute a public health crisis. According to the Centers…