"If calculating dollars and cents, it does not take an economist to realize the frightening prospect that assisted suicide is for people living with a disability or serious illness; we are the logical target," said Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. "Assisted suicide is not progressive, in fact it puts many vulnerable people at risk; and we have already seen examples of that where it is legal."
Catherine Campisi, former California Department of Rehabilitation Director, wrote to the California Assembly Committee last year, "...Assisted suicide legalization is a direct threat to anyone viewed as a significant cost liability to public or private healthcare providers."
The pro-assisted suicide organization Compassion and Choices was known formerly as the Hemlock Society and is based in Oregon, and the organization's president, Barbara Coombs Lee is a former HMO executive. According to the Hartford Courant newspaper, Compassion and Choices recently spent $190,000 on advertising and and lobbying efforts for a failed effort in the Connecticut General Assembly. The Connecticut General Assembly is comprised of a House of Representatives (97 Democrats and 53 Republicans) and Senate (22 Democrats and 14 Republicans).
Since 2005, Californians Against Assisted Suicide has been a diverse, broad-based coalition working against assisted suicide legalization in California. The coalition is comprised of organizations including those representing disability rights, independent living, healthcare, faith-based, social justice, civil rights and medical professionals.