Physician Assisted Suicide, (a.k.a. “Medical Aid In Dying”)
Guest hosts: Anita Cameron, Diane Coleman, Jules Good, Sarah Jama, and Gabrielle Peters
Sunday, September 11, 4:00 PM Eastern / 1 PM Pacific
The co-partners of #CripTheVote, Andrew Pulrang, Gregg Beratan, and Alice Wong, invite you to a Twitter discussion about Physician Assisted Suicide, also known as “Medical Aid in Dying,” with guest hosts Anita Cameron, Jules Good, and Diane Coleman of Not Dead Yet, Sarah Jama of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, and Gabrielle Peters of Disability Filibuster.
This conversation will mention structural ableism, eugenics, death and dying, suffering, and genocide and may be distressing. Feel free to take breaks from Twitter or mute the #CripTheVote hashtag during the chat.
Please note this will be a 30-minute chat with us asking a few questions to our guest hosts with time for questions and answers in the last 15 minutes.
Background information on the topic:
Unedited draft testimony to Senate on Bill C7 - Gabrielle Peters
Perhaps They Won’t Have Died in Vain: The GRIM Project - Aislinn Thomas
Bill C-7, assisted dying, and “lives not worth living” - Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry
How to Participate
Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang and our guests @adaptanita, @ndycoleman, @JulesGood1009, @SarahJama_, and @mssinenomine. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.
If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote
Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/
Here is a link for people who are new to Twitter on starting an account and how to use it: https://help.twitter.com/en/new-user-faq
Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/how-to-participate-in-a-twitter-chat/546805/
Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc — https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/
Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions
Welcome to the #CripTheVote Twitter chat on Medical Aid in Dying and Physician Assisted Suicide. Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”
Please note this will be a 30-minute chat with us asking a few questions to our guest hosts @adaptanita, @ndycoleman, @JulesGood1009, @SarahJama_ & @mssinenomine with time for Q&A in the last 15 minutes. #CripTheVote
Content warning: This conversation will mention structural ableism, eugenics, death & dying, suffering, & genocide and may be distressing to many. Feel free to take breaks from Twitter or mute the #CripTheVote hashtag during the chat.
Q1 @adaptanita, @ndycoleman, @JulesGood1009, @SarahJama_ & @mssinenomine: please introduce yourselves and tell us how you became involved organizing w/ disabled people against Medical Aid in Dying in Canada or Physician Assisted Suicide in the US. #CripTheVote
Q2a @SarahJama_ & @mssinenomine: what should people know about #BillC7 which passed last year, the work of @DisabilityFili1, and the implications for disabled people in Canada & beyond? Where can people go to learn more & support? #CripTheVote
Q2b @adaptanita, @ndycoleman, @JulesGood1009: what do you want to share about @NotDeadYetUSA and the recent efforts legalizing physician assisted suicide in various states in the US? What other countries are facing a similar fight? #CripTheVote
Q3 What are some strategies in mobilizing opposition to Medical Aid in Dying & Physician Assisted Suicide? How can we collectively push back against institutions, systems, & cultures that want us dead? #CripTheVote
Q4 What are the main responses disabled people can give to those who claim Medical Aid in Dying or Physician Assisted Suicide laws are merely intended to give terminally ill personal choice and autonomy? #CripTheVote
Q5 Assisted suicide and euthanasia laws are often viewed as a progressive social cause, a civil right, while you call it discrimination. How do you explain that? #CripTheVote
And now we’ll leave it open to the #CripTheVote community to ask some questions to
@adaptanita, @ndycoleman, @JulesGood1009, @SarahJama_, and @mssinenomine. Don’t forget to tag the people you want to reach and use the hashtag!
Thank you for joining our mini #CripTheVote Twitter chat on Medical Aid in Dying & Physician Assisted Suicide. Many thanks to our guest hosts @adaptanita, @ndycoleman, @SarahJama_, & @mssinenomine! A recap will be posted on our blog shortly http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/