If you are concerned about assisted suicide and wonder what you can do to help oppose it . . this conference is for you. Speakers will include experts from across the region and around the world who are dedicated to opposing assisted suicide legislation across the United States, particularly the East Coast. The conference will take place on Saturday, November 22 in Hartford, Connecticut. A workshop for leaders and professionals will be held the day before on Friday, November 21 starting at 1pm to about 5pm. Sponsoring organizations include Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Second Thoughts Massachusetts, Second Thoughts Connecticut, Family Institute of Connecticut, among others. Our list of speakers is growing, but includes . . .
Attorney and award winning author Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council, and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture. In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, he was named by the National Journal as one of the nation’s top expert thinkers in bioengineering. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Spokesperson and Researcher for Not Dead Yet UK. Dr. Fitzpatrick volunteers his time as a researcher, writer and spokesperson for Not Dead Yet UK specializing in fighting attempts by the wealthy euthanasia lobby to introduce laws legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide in his country.
Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Alex is a leader and well known speaker and advocate against assisted suicide. http://www.epcc.ca/
Nancy Elliott, a former three term New Hampshire State Representative, and organizer of Living with Dignity - New Hampshire
John Kelly, Director, Second Thoughts Massachusetts and New England Regional Director, Not Dead Yet. He is a powerful advocate for people with disabilities and an excellent activist and speaker. To learn more about Mr. Kelly, visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11153954.htm and http://www.second-thoughts.org/
Professor Tom Mortier has a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Leuven and teaches chemistry to laboratory technicians at the Leuven University College. His shocking story of the callousness of the euthanasia industry is outlined in this story. http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/how_my_mother_died
Catherine Glenn Foster, litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Washington, D.C., Regional Service Center, where she is a key member of the Life Litigation Team to protect the sanctity of human life. http://www.adfmedia.org/
Maggie Karner's compelling and powerful video message to Brittany Maynard about her own diagnosis with a glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer has been viewed by thousands of people and has helped many people understand that offering suicide for people diagnosed with a serious illness is bad public policy. Her video may be viewed here . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZR-qB3HaQY#t=30 We are honored to have her at our Conference.
Dr. Kenneth R. Stevens, Vice President of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education will join us. He is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. His recent publication (Emotional and Psychological Effects of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on Participating Physicians) is a significant contribution to the literature. http://www.pccef.org/index.htm
Peter Wolfgang, Executive Director of the Family Institute of Connecticut and speaker against assisted suicide in Connecticut and regionally. He has led the charge in his state against assisted suicide . . and won. You won't want to miss his insights and experience gained by going up against the multi-million dollar organizations working hard to bring assisted suicide to your state also. http://www.ctfamily.org/
Share our flyer . . https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nXiB4a7-QQyeC-2rWQ6AmET9gdrwFp4AZdRwcNo4ZvA/edit
Saturday Schedule (subject to change)
7:45am- Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am- Alex Schadenberg, Director of Euthanasia Prevention Coaltion will give an update on American and Worldwide events regarding assisted suicide.
9:00am- Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Spokesperson and researcher for Not Dead Yet UK via Skype
9:40am- Special guest, Maggie Karner, person diagnosed with gioblastoma who recorded a powerful and sincere letter responding to Brittany Maynard.
10:00am- Peter Wolfgang, Executive Director of Family Institute of Connecticut and former New Hampshire State Representative, Nancy Elliot will present their experiences of combating and defeating assisted suicide legislation in their New England states.
11:00am- Featured speaker Wesley J. Smith.
12:30pm- Luncheon and guest speaker Tom Mortier of Belgium will discuss his experience with assisted suicide via Skype.
2:00pm- Dr. Kenneth Stevens, Vice President of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education
2:30pm- John Kelly, of Not Dead Yet and Director of Second Thoughts Massachusetts will share his experiences fighting assisted suicide across the country via Skype.
3:15pm- Catherine Glenn Foster, litigation counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom will present a legal update.
4:00pm- Closing session with Alex Schadenberg and Tim Rosales of Patients Rights Action Fund.
4:45pm- End of Conference
THANK YOU TO OUR CONFERENCE SPONSORS & HOSTS
CONFERENCE LOCATION AND ACCOMODATIONS
Our conference is close to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks near Hartford, CT. The conference facilities are located at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hartford. A complimentary shuttle between the airport and hotel is available.
The contact information for the hotel and conference facility is . . . DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hartford, 16 Ella T. Grasso Turnpike,Windsor Locks, Connecticut, 06096-0020, TEL: +1-860-627-5171, FAX: 1-860-627-7029
Click on the image below to order tickets through the hotel website.