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 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
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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