Recently the Joint Committee on Public Health approved a Physician Assisted Suicide bill (HB 1926 and SB 1208). If it reaches final approval, state sanctioned suicide will be the law of the land in Massachusetts.
This is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer. The American Medical Association has strongly rejected it.
Physicians make mistakes. No law can include a safe guard for this simple fact.
Elder abuse will be exacerbated via potential coercion to take suicide pills.
Insurance companies will have an incentive to cut costs by denying expensive care and approving the affordable solution of suicide.
The COVID-19 pandemic elicited discussion of rationing of care, putting people with disabilities and the elderly at the end of the line. The same logic can be applied to assisted suicide.
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