Death with Dignity

Published: 2/6/2020 9:01:22 AM
Modified: 2/6/2020 9:01:12 AM

The Massachusetts Legislature must pass the “Death with Dignity” bill called “The End of Life Options Act.” We need to legalize medical, compassionate aid in dying for our terminally ill Massachusetts citizens who face agonizing pain and suffering. This bill would only apply to terminally ill patients who are mentally competent.

Although medical technology can keep an individual alive, there are too many examples of unnecessary suffering, for both the terminally ill patient and the family and caregivers who must witness it. I very much appreciate the wonderful work done by hospice and palliative care units, but at times this work doesn’t succeed in relieving debilitating chronic pain and suffering.

I believe that we all deserve the power and authority to exit as we wish, in a gentle and dignified way. After all, we make these decisions for our beloved pets near the end of their lives. Maine, Vermont, and New Jersey, as well as six other states plus Washington DC, have already passed Death With Dignity laws over the last 22 years. The safeguards provided by these bills have proven to be strong. Not one case of abuse or coercion has been proven.

I extend my grateful thanks to Reps. Paul Mark and Natalie Blais, and Sen. Jo Comerford, for being solid supporters of the Death With Dignity bill (H.1926). I urge everyone to contact family and friends elsewhere in the state, and urge them to call on their legislators to do the same.

Julia Bady

Greenfield




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