Opposed By:

Doctors, Nurses and

Disability Rights Organizations

No Provision

That Family

be Notified

Nothing to Protect Patients

When there are Pressures,

Whether Financial or Emotional

NO Assisted Suicide Massachusetts

 

NO Assisted Suicide Massachusetts is an alliance of disability rights, healthcare, civil rights, faith-based and patient advocacy organizations dedicated to preventing legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts.

Who Decides?

 Assisted Suicide legislation makes the death of the patient a treatment option. What happens when the patient’s choice is between a lethal prescription and a costly alternative? Are we prepared to trust insurance companies and HMOs to do the right things instead of the cheap thing?

What do the doctors say?

Many Massachusetts doctors and other medical professionals strongly oppose the legalization of Assisted Suicide. Patients have been denied insurance coverage in legal states; depressed patients have received lethal prescriptions; in short, patients are not meaningfully assessed. Assisted suicide does not constitute healthcare.

What are the facts?

Massachusetts is not the first state to be threatened by Assisted Suicide.  The practice has been legal in Washington and Oregon for some time. While pro-suicide advocates claim everything is working well, there are serious concerns about abuse, lack of transparency and the sacrifice of meaningful patient assessment.

How will it really work?

Make them get down to nuts and bolts! Will physicians use the same experimental, lethal drug cocktails to induce death as are being concocted in legal states? Which state department with be responsible for collecting data? Which for investigating suspect cases? What does it mean if, as in Oregon, the majority of patients list “being a burden” as a leading reason for their request?

Important Updates

  • Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End-of-Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Brown in 2015. The bill was opposed by both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and Senators, but passed during a contested Special......

  • Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was......

  • By Sharon Quick, MD American Academy of Medical Ethics One would think that Washington state legislators would prioritize saving lives, not making death more accessible, during a global pandemic that has already put too many people prematurely into graves. The House, however, is considering HB......

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