Letter: Making a choice
A basic right, I believe, of the American people is to be able to make our own choices in every aspect of our lives, as long as it does not harm another. In the case of Question 2 in this coming election, “choice” is what it’s all about. Having the freedom — not any old time one’s depressed or “can’t see a way out” — but having the freedom to choose (with 16 different safeguards, including required approval from two doctors and waiting periods), when one is close to the end and in a great deal of discomfort, to bring an end to their pain and suffering. I was very moved by the My Turn article in Saturday’s Recorder which vividly explained the reason why I am voting for Question 2. No family should have to go through the unspeakably horrendous experience that Alan, his sister, and their father went through, and no one in Massachusetts would ever have to again, if the Massachusetts Death With Dignity Act passes.
No matter what your ethical feelings are on the subject, even if you, yourself, don’t feel this would be your path, at least allow those who would like to have more control over their final days, to exercise their right to do so.
Thank you, Alan, for sharing your experience.