Washington Euthanasia Initiative to be discussed

PULLMAN – A panel of disability experts will discuss the issues around legalizing euthanasia during “Euthanasia: A Disability Perspective” 7-9 p.m. April 23 in Todd 116 at the WSU Pullman campus.

Duane French, director of the Division of Employment and Assistance Program with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; Cyndi Jones, publisher and editor of Mainstream Magazine; and Marilyn Golden, policy analyst at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREF); with moderator Dan Holbrook, WSU associate professor of philosophy, will discuss the I-1000 initiative that aims to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state of Washington.

French, the founder and president of “Not Dead Yet,” has served on the Federal Interagency Coordinating council as an appointee of the Clinton administration. Jones is the director of the center for an Accessible Society and its program “What’s Next?,” a mentoring program for high school students with disabilities. Golden is co-author of “The ADA, an Implementation Guide” and coordinates the Disabled International Support Effort.

French, Jones and Golden, who oppose the initiative, will answer questions by moderator Holbrook and the public.

The event, sponsored by the WSU Disability Awareness Association, is free and open to the public.