Lydia Brown

Death without Dignity: The Dangers of Assisted Suicide

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02/05/2015

Two weeks ago, the Voice published an editorial supporting a D.C. proposal to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Better known as “dying with dignity,” physician-assisted suicide has  been popularized by the media through their coverage of a photogenic young, white, class-privileged woman named Brittany Maynard. Mass media would have you believe that opponents are mostly anti-choice, right-wing,…

Medical discrimination: Handicapped left for dead

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04/25/2013

Imagine your doctor suggesting that instead of receiving treatment for a potentially fatal but otherwise treatable condition, you should consider an alternative—death. For most people reading this piece, such a situation would be unthinkable. Yet for those of us who are disabled—mentally or physically—going to the hospital can actually be a dangerous decision. In March…

The wrong conversation about mental health and violence

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01/24/2013

Whenever a mass shooting or other act of horrific violence occurs, the mainstream media, political pundits, and members of the public are quick to jump to one of two conclusions—the perpetrator was either autistic or had a psychiatric disability. Aside from the obvious prejudice against disabled people that underpins either assumption, both of these conclusions…

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