Is Candidate Bullock’s ableist mind set prevalent among his peers?
Re: “Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Let’s protect Montana’s aging population” by Kimberly Dudik (June 14).
Representative Dudik has done an excellent job on elder abuse and human trafficking at our Legislature but has ignored the wide path of abuse established by covert Oregon model assisted suicide laws.
Longtime Not Dead Yet disability activist Mike Reynolds condemned the signing of “An Act To Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act” by Gov. Janet Mills: “This is a terrible day in the history of Maine that will lead to the untimely deaths of disabled people due to inevitable mistakes, coercion and abuse.”
Candidate Dudik, please pay attention to the concerns of our disability rights community, which candidate Steve Bullock has also purposely ignored in his Suicide Prevention Plan, see HJ14 of 2017.
ps: These statements are part of the public record of the Montana Legislature 2015 and 2017 sessions. HJ14 was a formal request to include the voice of disability rights in our Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan. Montana Governor Bullock’s DPHHS and his Democratic Caucus rejected the language in HJ14
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/HJ0014.pdf that included a specific recommendation to “address . . the mistaken assumption that suicide is a rational response to disability.” Ableist mindset displayed for all to see.
This is not an isolated display. Consider Bullock’s knee jerk response to needed budget cuts in 2018 where “Montanans with true disabilities, who utilize state services and service providers, are being devastated.” See expose’ link
The answer is sadly yes.