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Our Mom Deserved More Choices

Liz Parker Gagne and Jeff Parker live in Massachusetts, and recently shared why they support the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative on Dignity 2012's website.

Our mother passed away this summer at the age of 63 after suffering through a long battle with brain cancer. By the end of her life, after many treatments and attempts to cure her, it became clear that there would be no improvement. She desperately wanted to live but her illness was causing her unimaginable pain.

She required 24 hour care, could barely communicate, could no longer feed herself, and forgot how to swallow. We eventually moved her into a hospice residence, where she continued to suffer painfully until her body finally gave out.

Our mom did not want to endure constant suffering and did not want her two-and-a-half-year old grandson to see her in so much pain. We believe that our mom deserved more choices than what she was given, that she deserved to have the option to live her final days with dignity, surrounded by her family and enjoying her time with them; not wasting away before them.

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This Week in the Movement

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:

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Radical Hate Group Joins Opponents of Death with Dignity

In 20 years of advocating for Death with Dignity laws, we've never seen anything like this in our movement: opponents taking money from a hate group in an attempt to stop Death with Dignity policy reform. Traditionally, our opponents receive money from Catholic institutions all over the country to restrict policy reform, but in Massachusetts, everything is different about the opponent's fundraising.

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This Week in the Movement

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

UMass Poll Shows Support for Death with Dignity

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Between October 2-8, YouGov America interviewed 498 registered voters in Massachusetts for a new poll released by the University of Massachusetts, and it showed high levels of support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative. The survey found 65% of the registered voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative. As is standard, the question posed to respondents is identical to what'll appear on the ballot:

"Massachusetts Ballot Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life"

"Based on what you know about this issue, would you vote YES or NO on Issue 2 to allow a terminally-ill patient to request a physician to prescribe medication to end their life, or don't you know enough about this to say?"

Yes......................................... 65%
No ......................................... 19%
Undecided............................... 17%

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