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Boston Public Radio Discussion of Massachusetts Death with Dignity

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Boston Public Radio hosted a vibrant dialogue this week around the Massachusetts Death with Dignity ballot measure Bay Staters will vote on this November. Several key discussion points were addressed by radio host Callie Crossley as she engaged Dr. Marcia Angell, supporter of the proposed Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act, physician, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Dr. Lynda Young, an opponent of the proposed law.

From this short 30-minute broadcast I've extracted a handful of gems I think you'll enjoy. And I encourage you to take a little break from your day to listen and tell us your favorite quotes in the comments below, on Facebook, and through Twitter.

From the start, Dr. Angell helped listeners understand what the initiative is and described her confusion about how anyone would oppose it:

In my mind the real question is "why would anyone oppose it?" This Act merely permits dying patients, ones who find their suffering unendurable and who can't find the relief that they want, permits such patients to ask their physician for a medication that would allow them to end their lives somewhat earlier. These people are dying; remember that. Allow these patients to die a little more peacefully.

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This Week in the Movement

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Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

  • "It's clear: success of our ever growing Death with Dignity movement relies on partnerships between us, as a national organization, local grassroots groups, and people who support our efforts."
  • In his thoughtful op-ed, John Culver from Gonzaga University explained, "They are imposing their personal perspective on life and death onto their fellow man and dictating their response to terminal illness. Limiting the range of options available to terminally ill individuals represents the height of self-righteous regulation of the activities of others."
  • Dr. John Grohol, founder of PsychCentral responded to an opponent's flimsy argument in an op-ed from earlier in the week.
  • About.com's Anthony Cirillo shared important information about usage of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

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Why Death with Dignity is Important to Me

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News from New England is so exciting, particularly for me because I happened to live in Massachusetts and Vermont before moving to Oregon and working with the Death with Dignity National Center. So, I'm doubly invested in their success.

It's a thrill and a privilege to play any part in these efforts to pass Death with Dignity laws! It'd be wonderful to know places I've called home have made Death with Dignity a legal option for qualifying patients.

As I've shared through our blog before, I lost both my parents at a young age. My mom died a "good death" at home surrounded by those whom she loved; my dad on the other hand, died suddenly and alone. The lessons learned from their deaths led me to be a full-fledged supporter of Death with Dignity.

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This Week in the Movement

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Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

Majority of Massachusetts Voters Support Death with Dignity

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If Massachusetts voters had their say today, they'd approve of their Death with Dignity initiative by a winning margin. A new independent Public Policy Poll showed 58% of Bay Staters would vote yes for Death with Dignity. The poll question had the same wording as what will appear on the November ballot:

Question 2 would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life. If the election was today, would you vote yes or no on Question 2?

Yes......................................... 58%
No ......................................... 24%
Undecided............................... 18%

This is an excellent sign; however, the race is far from over. With 76 days left until the election, opponents who object to Death with Dignity based on their own moral beliefs will waste no time in firing up their lie machine in an effort to mislead voters.

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