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

Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide

 

Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide 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?

The Doctor-Prescribed Suicide legislation currently under consideration makes the death of the patient a treatment option. What happens when the choice is between DPS 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?

Doctors and other medical professionals have strongly opposed legalizing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Medical Society has repeatedly argued against such a measure. Healthcare providers don’t want to make such a fundamental change to the nature of our medical system or place their patients at risk.

What are the facts?

Massachusetts is not the first state to be threatened by Doctor-Prescribed Suicide.  Medical suicide has been legal in Washington and Oregon for some time. While pro-suicide officials claim everything is working well, there are serious concerns about abuse and a lack of transparency regarding the number of people using the suicide option.

How will it really work?

Make them get down to nuts and bolts! We’ve heard the happy talk, but where are the specifics? How do suicide advocates intend their proposal to operate?  How will it work really? Are we prepared to change the best healthcare system in the world without a better idea of what might be the result?

Important Updates

  • 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......

  • Assisted suicide threatens the most vulnerable in society, especially people with disabilities. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy which, until recently, has been considered a “childhood disorder” because people who were born with it typically did not survive into adulthood. Despite my diagnosis, I have been......

  • There are many problem with Rep. Kafka’s H. 1991 Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bill, here are five of the most glaring.  Visit us often to learn more. There is no required waiting period between a person’s request for a lethal dose and receiving the deadly prescription. The......

  • Kelsey Harkness / August 12, 2015 The New Mexico Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling on Tuesday that had created a right for doctors to help terminally ill patients die. Siding with the state’s attorney general, the appeals court ruled against physician-assisted suicide,......

  • By Daniela Deane August 3 A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being unable to to kill herself, a British newspaper reported Monday. Gill Pharoah,......

  • JULY 24, 2015 – APRIL DEMBOSKY Three terminally ill patients lost a court battle in California Friday over whether they should have the right to request and take lethal medication to hasten their deaths. San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory Pollack said he would dismiss......