SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Catherine Campisi PhD., former Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation from December 1999 to December 2006, has joined the coalition opposing the legalization of assisted suicide in California.
“Assisted suicide is a direct threat to anyone that is viewed as a significant cost liability to public or private healthcare providers,” stated Dr. Campisi.
“We cannot assume that such a high pressure, profit motivated industry will always take the high road. It seems there are almost daily accounts of health care providers cutting costs to the detriment of patients.
“Looking at the psychological impacts, assisted suicide has far more potential to do harm than good to thousands of Californians facing serious illness or disability that may be defined as terminal. While it is understandable that people in such situations may greatly fear loss of autonomy or being a burden emotionally or financially on their family, assisted suicide is not the solution since it poses such great risks to vulnerable people. Increasing access and information to quality counseling, hospice, and palliative care, for those with an illness defined as terminal, are far sounder public policy options than the legalization of assisted suicide”
In addition to her service as the Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, Dr. Campisi has a distinguished career in academia, public service and disability rights advocacy. Some career highlights include: Dean of Student Services — California Community Colleges (1999), Chairperson — California State Inter-agency Americans with Disabilities Act Task Force (2000-2003) — Past President Association on Higher Education and Disability.
Catherine Campisi is a member of the American Psychological Association and Californians for Disability Rights.
Californians Against Assisted Suicide is a coalition of disability rights organizations, Independent Living Centers, organizations representing poor people and uninsured people, medical professionals, and civil rights organizations.