Bills have again been introduced in 2017 attempting to legalize assisted suicide. House bill H.1194 and senate bill S.1225 (identical wording) have both been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. View the pdf of the bills to see if your legislators are co-sponsors.
Public hearings were held on September 26 and Witness for Life was there to provide testimony against legalization. Now the legislature will decide if the bill should come out of committee and made into law.
At this critical stage, contact the following legislators to let them know you do not want this bill to come out of committee:
(To send a letter use the following address with the appropriate room # listed under each legislator.)
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA, 02133
Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg (Senate president)
Rep. Robert A. DeLeo (Speaker of the House)
Sen. Richard J. Ross (minority leader, on Public Health committee)
Rep. Bradley H. Jones, Jr.
Let your legislators know you are against physician assisted suicide!
WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR?
- Find out at https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
- Click on their names to get full contact information (email, phone, mailing address.)
In late October, two physicians filed a lawsuit to decriminalize assisted suicide. Dr. Roger Kligler has stage IV prostate cancer and Dr. Alan Steinbach wants to be able to prescribe a lethal dose of medication. Both doctors have long been advocates of assisted suicide and they are supported in their legal efforts by Compassion and Choices.
Read the Catholic Free Press editorial regarding this issue.
The case has now been heard, but no decision made; likely it will get sent to a higher court. Read the Boston Globe article about it. Note how treatment has greatly reduced Dr. Kligler’s cancer such that he likely is no longer terminal.