The Patients’ Rights Action Fund (PRAF) provides financial and strategic support throughout the U.S. to protect the rights of patients and people with disabilities by opposing assisted suicide legalization efforts.
There is a national effort by a well funded organization formerly known as the Hemlock Society to legalize the practice of assisted suicide, also known as doctor-prescribed suicide. Legislation to legalize assisted suicide has been proposed in Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and Kansas. It is also being considered in Hawaii, Colorado and Maine and ballot measures are being planned for a number of other states. Assisted suicide legalization was recently defeated by Massachusetts voters and other past efforts have failed in California, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont and Arizona.