Death with dignity

Published: 4/14/2020 3:36:05 PM

While our state leaders are doing all they can to provide medical and economic relief during this COVID-19 crisis, I hope they’ll also pass the death with dignity bill that would provide relief from suffering for a lot of our citizens dying of terminal illnesses.

The End of Life Options Bill (H.1926) offers a humane and compassionate option for people whose intense pain and suffering can’t be eased, even with the best efforts of hospice and palliative care. It was a choice my own father wished he’d had when he died in my home six years ago, and it sure wasn’t easy for him or his family.

Maine and New Jersey passed a similar “medical aid in dying law” last year. Vermont’s had one since 2013, and six other states plus Washington D.C. have passed them over the last 23 years. It’s time Massachusetts became the 10th state to do so.

Please join me in contacting your Greenfield-area legislators — Reps. Paul Mark and Natalie Blais, and Sen. Jo Comerford are already co-sponsors of this bill. Urge them to support passage of H.1926 by the Joint Committee on Public Health as soon as possible, and before the deadline of May 31. Even more importantly, then contact people you know elsewhere in the state, and urge them to do the same.

Nancy Paglia



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