Not Dead Yet

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Not Dead Yet
FormationApril 27, 1996; 23 years ago (1996-04-27)
PurposeDisability rights; right to life
HeadquartersRochester, New York, United States
LeaderDiane Coleman, founder
Key people
Stephen Drake, spokesperson

Not Dead Yet (NDY) is a United States disability rights group that opposes assisted suicide and euthanasia for people with disabilities.[1] Diane Coleman, JD, is the founder and president of this national group. Stephen Drake, a research analyst with NDY, is one of the group's chief spokespersons and contacts for press releases.

The group was founded on April 27, 1996, its name comes from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which plague victims are thrown into a cart and hauled off to be buried. A man being given up as a corpse by his family protests that he is "not dead yet!"[citation needed]

In 2004 NDY protested the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube,[2][3] they also protested the movie Million Dollar Baby, in which the injection of an overdose of epinephrine to euthanize a suicidal quadriplegic woman is depicted as a rational and compassionate act. The group has been highly critical of utilitarian philosophers such as Peter Singer of Princeton University. Coleman has called Professor Singer "the most dangerous man on earth" and asserted that he was advocating genocide.[4] In June 2015 NDY organized protests against Singer's position that new-born babies with certain disabilities can morally be killed, which he sees as no different from abortion; the protesters called for Princeton University to dismiss Singer.[5]

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  1. ^ Macklin, William R. (2001-04-20). "Tiny Disability-rights Group Scores At Princeton Not Dead Yet, Built On Opposition To Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia, Gained Notice Protesting Against A Bioethicist. -". Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  2. ^ "Schiavo Raised Profile of Disabled". Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  3. ^ "After Terri Schiavo". 2005-04-02. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  4. ^ Hari, Johann (2004-07-01). "Peter Singer: Some people are more equal than others - Profiles - People". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  5. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (2015-06-16). "Peter Singer, Princeton bioethics professor, faces calls for resignation over infanticide support". Washington Times. Retrieved 2015-06-17.

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