Largest U.S. Organization of Latin Americans Opposes Assisted Suicide

By Gudrun Schultz

The U.S. Latin American community does not support assisted suicide, according to the League of United Latin American Citizens.

LULAC, the oldest and largest Latino organization in the U.S., issued a statement April sixth saying the national board had voted unanimously to oppose doctor-assisted suicide in California.

“The national board was unanimous in its opposition to this assisted suicide proposal,” said Angel Luevano, state director of California LULAC, in a press release.

“Once again, the Latino community doesn’t want Assisted Suicide. The Disability community does not want Assisted Suicide. The poor and uninsured do not want Assisted Suicide.”

The California branch of LULAC had requested the vote from the national board, in solidarity with Californians’ efforts against the assisted suicide bill, California Assembly Bill 651, under consideration in the state.

A recent survey of the California Latino community showed a strong majority of 64% oppose doctor-assisted suicide. The survey was conducted in February by the Democratic polling firm Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin & Associates.

LULAC is a coalition partner of Californians Against Assisted Suicide, and co-sponsored the survey along with other coalition members, including religious, health care, independent living, civil rights, disability rights and medical associations.

Source:, SACRAMENTO, California, April 10, 2006.

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