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Assisted Suicide: What Does Your Vote Mean?

Find out what your vote on Question 2 will mean.

On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on three questions along with the state and federal political races.

Question 2 is regarding whether or not doctors should be allowed to prescribe medication to end life.

"This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life," the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website says.

According to the website a "yes" vote would allow for the prescription of life-ending medication.

A "no" vote would make no change to the current law and keep the practice illegal.

Pat King November 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Please vote "Yes" on Question 2 I speak as a person who has Parkinson’s Disease. Presently, there is no cure, and the most effective medication causes many other problems. The longer you take the medicine, the more likely you are to have the negative side effects. Everyone is affected differently. Some people have a combination of slowness, tremors and walking difficulties, others with drooling, falling and swallowing etc. Everyone with Parkinson's gradually loses control of EVERY muscle. Pain is involved because of the constant tremors, tension in the muscles, inability to reposition, or let someone know what would help. Eventually, it is impossible to eat, talk, blink, make any physical movements, control bowel or bladder etc. In other words, I will be completely dependent for everything and there will be no way to make my needs known. I look at life with my cup half full (instead of half empty) and also look for a positive within every negative. I do not ask “Why me?” But I do ask for the opportunity to have my life end with dignity. Not only for me, but also for the benefit of my family and friends also. This should be something every individual should have the opportunity to control. If our animal is suffering, we have the opportunity to help them by putting them out of their misery. This Bill is written so the patient is in charge. In Oregon, since 1997 only 596 out of 935 prescriptions were used. That is their choice. At least they have that choice!
LPH November 03, 2012 at 11:59 PM
After seeing three parents suffer thru various illnesses, cancer, copd, heart failure, I support question #2. Let people die on their own terms and not suffer waiting to die. Please vote "yes"
malcolm nichols November 04, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Choice is always better than government dicatorship. Yes allows choice.
drgnprelude November 05, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Only problem I have is no one needs to know about it so if someone is diagnosed with x amount of time to live they can get the prescription without anyone knowing about it I believe there should b at least a second party known of this before one can get the prescription

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