Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 31 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius Loyola
home iconNews
line break icon

Massachusetts Considers New Push for Assisted Suicide

Allan Foster CC

John Burger - published on 10/29/15 - updated on 06/07/17

State hears testimony in wake of California's passage of similar bill

When Massachusetts voters turned back a referendum to allow physician-assisted suicide in 2012, they did so only by a narrow margin.

Now, proponents want to see if they can overcome that slight opposition.

State lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal that would allow terminally ill adults, with a prognosis of fewer than six months to live, the option of voluntarily ending their life through a prescribed life-ending drug, 22News reported. According to the bill, which is in committee, patients would have to self-administer the drug. Before receiving the prescription, patients would first have to speak with a counselor to make sure they’re of sound mind.

Opponents of such measures argue that a doctor’s prognosis isn’t always accurate, the news outlet pointed out. “Thousands of Americans every year graduate from hospice, meaning they outlive the six months diagnosis,” said John Kelly of Second Thoughts Massachusetts.

Vermont, Oregon, Washington and Montana all allow for legalized suicide. Some observers believe that California’s recent passage of a physician-assisted suicide measure, albeit concluded stealthily in a specially-called session this summer, encourages proponents of the practice in other states.

But opponents in California are collecting signatures to put the bill up for a referendum in November 2016.

Tags:
Euthanasia
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
2
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
3
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
4
ORGAN
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
5
PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER TERESA
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
6
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
7
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.