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Advocates Are Invited To Sign Statement On Life-Sustaining Care And Treatment
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 28, 2005

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK--A group of disability advocates has developed a statement regarding the rights of people with disabilities to have their wishes honored when it comes to life-sustaining treatments.

The "Statement of Common Principles on Life-Sustaining Care and Treatment of People with Disabilities" was developed through a consensus process with many leaders and advocates in the disability community. It was written in response to the manner in which much of the media and many lawmakers and other elected officials have portrayed life and death issues when it comes to people with disabilities.

"People with disabilities are entitled to exercise their rights to life-sustaining care and treatment and to self-determination and autonomy," the statement reads. "Absent clear and convincing evidence of the desires of people with disabilities to decline life-sustaining care or treatment, such care and treatment should not be withheld or withdrawn unless death is genuinely imminent and the care or treatment is objectively futile and would only prolong the dying process."

The statement, along with a list of supporters and an invitation to endorse it, are published on the website for The Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University.

Several dozen organizations and individuals had signed on in support of the statement at this writing.

"Statement Of Common Principles On Life-Sustaining Care And Treatment Of People With Disabilities" (Center on Human Policy)


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