BREAKING: Court Rules No Right to Assisted Suicide | Massachusetts

Suffolk Superior Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts ruled today that there is no constitutional right to doctor prescribed suicide in the state. The court rejected the argument that a doctor had an obligation to offer harmful drugs to terminally ill or suffering individuals if they requested it; it re-affirmed that prescribing deadly drugs would be legal manslaughter.

The ruling comes in a case brought to the court by Dr. Roger Kligler, a retired Cape Cod physician who has advanced prostate cancer, and Dr. Alan Steinbach, who owns a family practice in Falmouth, MA.

Although this is a common sense interpretation of laws in our state to protect human life, it is not necessarily a ruling that will impact the legislature's push, lead by the doctor prescribed suicide lobby, to promote medical professionals offering suicide before hospice or treatment. Especially in cases of illnesses complicated by mental health, doctor prescribed suicide directly discriminates against disabled, underprivileged, and elderly populations.

In the final ruling concluded that the issue is best dealt with by lawmakers in the State House, not decided by judges from the bench.

This means it is all the more critical that citizens contact their lawmakers, and express their full opposition to current suicide bills S.1208/H.1926.

Call the Joint Committee on Public Health

Chair: Sen. Jo Comerford

Jo.Comerford@masenate.gov

(617) 722-1532

24 Beacon St.
Room 413-C
Boston, MA, 02133

Vice Chair:  Sen. Nick Collins

Nick.Collins@masenate.gov

(617) 722-1150

24 Beacon St.
Room 312-D
Boston, MA, 02133


The decision that the Massachusetts constitution does not include assisted suicide as a right is accurate and just. It's fantastic news.  Now you as a constituent can contact your lawmakers. Let them know you're glad the court has turned it over to you, and them, and ask them to oppose H.1926/S.1208.

 

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  • C.J. Williams
    published this page in In The News 2020-01-13 15:02:20 -0500