Disability rights advocates say Jerika Bolen’s death amid incurable disease was an injustice

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Jerika Bolen

APPLETON — Disability rights advocates say the death of a Wisconsin teenager who was allowed to end treatment of her incurable disease was an injustice.

The Post-Crescent (http://post.cr/2drsMW4 ) reports that 14-year-old Jerika Bolen died on September 22nd at a hospice facility after drawing national attention for her decision to end a lifelong fight against a progressive disease that left her mostly immobile and with severe, chronic pain.

Not Dead Yet, a New York-based anti-euthanasia organization, issued a statement after Jerika’s death, criticizing the news coverage as “one-sided applause for her suicide.” The group said it’s concerned the press would inspire others with disabilities and their parents to make a similar choice.

Jerika’s mother, Jen Bolen, said Wednesday, September 28th that no one in their right mind would let someone suffer the way Jerika was.


  • guest77

    This young woman lived her whole life in constant, severe pain. Nothing and no one was going to cure her or take away that pain. How dare this organization question Ms Bolen’s decision to end her own suffering? And thankfully it was HER decision to make, not theirs. Don’t use this woman’s situation to further your own agenda.

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