The Massachusetts Medical Society opposes the Ballot measure on “Prescribing Medication to End Life”

Posted by Kendall Harmon

We are opposed to Question 2 for these reasons:
The proposed safeguards against abuse are insufficient. Enforcement provisions, investigation authority, oversight, or data verification are not included in the act. A witness to the patient’s signed request could also be an heir.
Assisted suicide is not necessary to improve the quality of life at the end of life. Current law gives every patient the right to refuse lifesaving treatment, and to have adequate pain relief, including hospice and palliative sedation....
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