From Anne Fox, President of MCFL,
John Kelly, from Second Thoughts, has let us know that the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health yesterday filed an extension for 57 bills, including H 1991, the doctor-prescribed suicide bill. The committee got an extension until June 30. Bills will be considered “on a rolling basis,” and they “don’t even know when the bill will be taken up.” Bills that are not cleared by June 30 can have an additional extension request filed.
You know that there are some far-out provisions that are pretty peculiar to Massachusetts — like no waiting period and forcing all doctors to be complicit. The bill’s sponsor implied at the hearings that he might be willing to redo a few parts. He could remove the extra craziness which would make it more like the Oregon model and claim to have answered people’s concerns. We have heard rumblings about that. Now there is more time for something like that to happen
I cannot tell you how grateful I am to each of you for your repeated calls to legislators and your teaching others. We’ll have to think now about the next step — and you’ll be the first to know.