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Donato: Vote No on Assisted Suicide

Donato says no to Death with Dignity Act. What do you think about this ballot question?

State Rep. Paul Donato, D-Malden/Medford, is urging Massachusetts voters to say no to assisted suicide, according to a statement from his office.

“Regardless of where a person stands on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, Question 2 – as designed – contains serious flaws, such the lack of a psychiatric evaluation and no family notification,” Donato said in a written statement.

“For these reasons and others, I encourage the voters of Medford and Malden to reject Question 2 on November 6.”

Also known as the Death with Dignity Act, Question 2, which will be on state ballots for the Nov. 6 election, calls for physicians licensed in Massachusetts to be allowed to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.

It is one of four questions that received the necessary signatures to make the ballot. And while Donato has come out against it, the proposal has political support, too, including U.S. Congressman Barney Frank.

"Question 2 is a vote for individual rights and personal freedom," Frank said in a written statement earlier this month. "This is the most personal of decisions and it should not be denied to a terminally ill patient."

robert wilson October 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I could never in good conscience vote for yes for such a thing.
David Marsters October 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I am voting for assisted suicide.
Rob2013 October 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Thank you Rep. Donato. Many other progressive Democratic candidates are coming out against Question 2 such as 4th Congressional District candidate Joseph Kennedy III, State Sen. Richard T. Moore, and State Reps James Arciero, John Rogers, Nick Collins, and Ed Coppinger.
Diana October 27, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I'll never understand why people get so het up about what other people choose to do with their lives. If someone is terminally ill, has had enough and wants out, who am I to tell them otherwise? What business is it of mine?
robert wilson October 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
If people are going to kill themselves they will kill themselves, it doesn't mean it should be state sanctioned.
david mokal November 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
This is just the beginning of getting rid of us seniors. If the vote goes yes they will be putting it in our oatmeal at the nursing homes. At least the Slap Chop-Sham Wow guy is voting NO anyway. Oh Boy! It's allways sumthin. You go out and buy the Natural Peanut Butter and someone crapped in it and now you got Ecoli..You go out and buy a package of garden salad and they crapped in that too. The safest things to buy is what grows high in trees and bushes cause there is no Outhouses in a lettuce field ! :>)
BERENICE November 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM
When our time come with or out of life support we go.LET'S LEAVE IT IN GOD'S WILL w
david mokal November 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Not me no life support.. Im goin out with dignity. Im an organ donar and Im going to leave my body to Harvard. You dont need your body either. Travelling light to the other side.
Diana November 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Your god's not the boss of me.
fred November 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
lol dave, that was great, and acurate
david mokal November 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Geeesh ! I just had a bad thought!! Just think if this stuff gets in the wrong hands..someone could lace our food supply with it. Why are they manafacturing this stuff. Even the Sham Wow Guy is dressed as a pharmasist handling it on TV. Someone could Slap Chop it and put it in your bag of salad.
david mokal November 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
LOL Let Mikey try it..He likes everything !!
robert wilson November 05, 2012 at 10:55 PM
My best friend died a couple of years ago, at home with Hospice to care for him, he decided when to to take meds, when not to put on machinery and went quietly and peacefully, Hospice made sure he had no pain and he was with his family. No suicide was needed or wanted.
Diana November 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM
That's nice for him, I'm genuinely pleased that your friend got the death he chose. Why are you extrapolating your one experience with such things onto everyone and deciding for them?
paul surette November 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
To Robert Wilson, I read what you posted, and understood every word....clearly, someone else here suffers from selective reading skills. Sometimes, people see what they want to. Where the 'extrapolation' came from is beyond me.
robert wilson November 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Paul Surette, I don't pay any attention the negative things people write, they don't interest me. I'm curious about the "extrapoltation" also.
Diana November 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
robert wilson, I was asking because of your first post. You said that you couldn't in good conscience vote for this, and then told the story of your friend where "suicide wasn't wanted or needed." From this I extrapolated (do I need to explain that?) that your experience with your friend causes you to think that suicide shouldn't be an option. Was I incorrect?
david mokal November 06, 2012 at 12:03 AM
What's EXTRAPOLATED mean?
Diana November 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Just for you david, no link. ;) ex·trap·o·late [ik-strap-uh-leyt] Show IPA verb, ex·trap·o·lat·ed, ex·trap·o·lat·ing. verb (used with object) 1. to infer (an unknown) from something that is known; conjecture. 2. Statistics. to estimate (the value of a variable) outside the tabulated or observed range. 3. Mathematics . to estimate (a function that is known over a range of values of its independent variable) to values outside the known range.
robert wilson November 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
It wasen't an option for him because he didn't want it, he wanted what he told his wife and family, to go naturally and without the help of anyone or some suicide concoction.

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