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Sen. Richard Moore Urges 'No' Vote on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) is opposed to Question 2, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts.

Editor's Note: The state Senator who represents Milford, Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) is urging constituents to vote no on . The question, if approved, would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts. It is opposed by several medical organizations. Moore, chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, opposes the measure, his spokesman confirmed. A news release issued Monday by a group opposed to the question, Committee against Physician Assisted Suicide, follows:

Sen. Richard Moore today announced he is opposing Massachusetts ballot Question 2, which if passed would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the Commonwealth on Jan. 1, 2013.  Moore is joining a rapidly expanding list of lawmakers, medical community organizations, clergy and other groups who say Question 2 is deeply flawed and lacks critical safeguards for protecting patients.  

"End of life decisions are some of the most personal and complex decisions that families must make, and often these decisions are left until the last minute. Legalizing physician assisted suicide in Massachusetts would reverse the progress we have made as a state in improving end of life care, treatment and options. I urge voters to join me in voting no on Question 2," said Moore.

Among Moore’s concerns with Question 2:

- Patients with a prognosis of six months or fewer to live could choose to end their lives, even though most doctors admit they cannot accurately predict life expectancy. 

- Patients could choose to end their lives without ever talking to a spouse or family member.

- Patients could obtain a lethal prescription without talking to hospice and palliative care professionals, who are trained to help people with ongoing diseases (some terminal, some not) to manage their symptoms and minimize pain. 

- A physician would not be required to be present when a patient takes the pill, leaving him or her vulnerable to complications and injury not resulting in death. 

- The lethal prescription would be dispensed at a local pharmacy and public health official would have no system for tracking the lethal dose.

Moore joins a growing list of legislators opposed to Question 2, as well as a diverse group of religious leaders and medical organizations. Previously, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians and the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society have each announced their opposition to Question 2.

Rob2013 October 25, 2012 at 04:27 AM
The fact is it does not even include that! This measure is flawed.
LovesTheEarth October 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Medical decisions should be between a patient and his/her physician. The spouse or family doesn't have any legal, moral, or ethical obligation to be informed. And there is no godly reason why someone would choose to end their life in a hospital rather than in peaceful surroundings of their choice. Not everyone can afford hospice care, either. Our healthcare system still needs work, no doubt, but suicide should never have been made illegal to begin with. Freedom of choice in the matter of one's own personal decisions of how to live -- or to die -- is a fundamental, even god-given, right. Question #2 may not be perfect, but at least it makes some progress in decriminalizing what ought to be an available end-of-life care choice for any terminally ill person.
Rob2013 October 26, 2012 at 08:55 PM
"The spouse or family doesn't have any legal, moral, or ethical obligation to be informed." This is a statement with which I would guess hundreds of millions of husbands, wives, children, and parents would disagree.
sandee November 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Rob - Go read the HIPAA law. HIPAA laws are there so it is no one else's business but your own. It is a PERSONAL choice, you came into this world as an individual and you leave it as one as well.
Ralph November 01, 2012 at 11:02 AM
It may be time for rethinking end of life choices for terminally ill and defining how to help those who chose to, but this law as written is flawed.

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