By Anne Fox, President of MCFL
According to police, Michelle Carter, of Plainville, sent thousands of emails to her boyfriend, Conrad Roy of Mattapoisett, encouraging him to commit suicide. Some of these emails were sent during the time Roy was actually in the process of poisoning himself and had stopped and Carter pushed him to finish.
She was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Her lawyers are urging the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to dismiss the case.
The court must decide whether Carter’s texts qualify as reckless actions that led to a predictable loss of life, a legal requirement for an involuntary manslaughter conviction.
Massachusetts has no specific law against assisted suicide. Will this case have any impact on the battle in Massachusetts over legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide (DPS)?
Forty states have laws against assisted suicide. If the death lobby gets DPS legislation in any of those states, will that mean it will be legal for doctors to help people kill themselves but a crime for non-doctors to help people kill themselves?