On June 12, the Mashpee Republican Town Committee invited Dr. Roger Kligler to address our membership regarding medical aid in dying, a newly coined moniker for physician-assisted suicide.
Dr. Kligler is a local, retired internist and cancer patient. He is currently endorsing the passage of “An Act Relative to End of Life Options,” House Bill 1926 and Senate Bill 1208 now being heard at a public hearing in the Massachusetts Legislature.
It is noteworthy to report that the source for the doctor’s handout “What is Medical Aid in Dying? is “Compassion & Choices,” which is the legislative arm of the Hemlock Society also associated with the Final Exit Network.
The GOP committee listened to his presentation, and after several days of digesting the information, we had many more questions and concerns about the loopholes in this proposed bill. Three of those concerns will be addressed here.
It is also noteworthy to point out that the majority of the Mashpee Republican Town Committee members at that meeting were in agreement with the Republican Party platform of 2016 which clearly states “we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.”
First, we are very concerned about the profound changes that would occur in society if we were to legalize physicians prescribing lethal drugs to their adult patients. For example, according to Dr. Brian Callister of Nevada, whose work is focused on health care policy and end-of-life issues, doctor-prescribed suicide invites all kinds of abuse that result in the death of a human life. Since it’s cheaper to give a patient an overdose of pills to commit suicide than to provide real care, insurance companies, as well as government-controlled health care, will have a financial incentive to end life. Such a cost-savings proposal was recently made in the Dutch legislature.
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