People Living with Disabilities Support the Option of Medical Aid in Dying

A strong majority of voters living with disabilities support medical aid in dying—according to the only known polls on the issue that oversampled people living with disabilities, the February 2014 Purple Poll of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

Purple Insights, Voter & Disabled Community, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts Survey (Feb. 2014), available here.

An increasing number of disability rights groups have taken a neutral or supportive position on medical aid in dying:

  • Disability Rights Oregon (DRO)
  • Disability Rights New Mexico
  • The Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities (Utah)
  • The Arc New York

Testimony of Disability Rights New Mexico Executive Director Jim Jackson before the New Mexico Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee hearing on the New Mexico Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act (March 1, 2021):

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