On July 7 the California Legislature rejected an assisted suicide bill, joining other states like Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and more in bipartisan defeats this year.
Massachusetts should continue to reject proposed legislation that would remove important safety protections against fraud, coercion, discrimination and much worse. Many of us know people who have outlived a dire but wrong prediction. Many friends, neighbors, children, the lonely, depressed and abandoned will feel pressure to throw away their lives. There is a malpractice industry testament to doctor mistakes. They must not be licensed to legally help kill people.
Let’s continue to expand care and comfort at the end of life, including cutting-edge pain treatment, increased access to hospice care and attendant care.