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Mother convicted of killing daughter released on bond after 72 days

Monday, September 19, 2016An Illinois appeals court, in an unusual move, allowed a mother recently convicted of killing her adopted daughter with cerebral palsy to leave jail on bond after 72 days, while it reviews her four-year sentence. On May 27, 2015, Bonnie…

Evaluating new film ‘Me Before You’

Wednesday, July 13, 2016Hollywood’s latest attempt to portray people with disabilities in film debuted to a flood of criticism from disability rights advocates. Me Before You, released on June 3, tells the story of a quadriplegic man who ultimately decides to end…

(Video) New movie ‘Me Before You’ battered by disability rights advocates

Saturday, June 11, 2016Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for both the novel Me Before You, and the movie based on it. Members of the community of people with disabilities and disability rights advocates are arguing that recently released movie Me Before You

NY court rules with disability activists in assisted suicide case

Friday, May 20, 2016Echoing the arguments of an amicus brief filed by 11 disability rights groups, a New York state court has rejected a challenge to the state’s ban on physician-assisted suicide, finding that any future changes in the law must…

Montana jury rejects wrongful birth lawsuit

Wednesday, February 17, 2016A Montana jury ruled against a woman in a lawsuit seeking $14.5 million from her health care providers, whom she claimed failed to disclose information about her child’s cystic fibrosis, which, if disclosed, would have led to her have an…

Disability rights groups weigh in on New York assisted suicide case

Friday, January 15, 2016Eleven disability rights groups, led by Not Dead Yet, filed an amicus brief in support of a recent court decision, currently on appeal, dismissing a challenge to New York State’s physician-assisted suicide law. “Our basic position is that…

Disability advocates weigh in on Texas end-of-life treatment case

Wednesday, December 23, 2015The prognosis for Christopher Dunn, 46, is that his condition is terminal. The unidentified mass in his pancreas has left him bedridden and on life-support since late October. A month and a half later, however, Dunn remains conscious and able…

Medicare finalized end-of-life counseling rules

Monday, November 16, 2015Medicare doctors will, for the first time, be reimbursed by the federal government for counseling sessions with patients wishing to discuss their end-of-life options, under final rules released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on October 30.…

Massachusetts holds hearing on organ transplant, anti-discrimination bill

Monday, November 9, 2015Disability advocates testified in front of the Massachusetts Public Health Committee on October 20, in favor of a bill seeking to end disability discrimination in health care decisions concerning whom should receive organ transplants. “We demand equal protection under the…

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