VOTE NO physician-assisted suicide

October 16th, 2012

October 15, 2012—Boston, MA (LifeSiteNews) – Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley is urging Massachusetts voters to oppose a ballot measure aimed at legalizing physician-assisted suicide.  In an opinion piece for The Boston Pilot October 12, the cardinal asked voters to consider the long-term ramifications of the proposed law, which will appear on the ballot in November as Question 2, calling it the beginning of a “slippery slope.”

O’Malley pointed out that there is widespread concern in the disability advocacy and medical communities that Question 2 “not only would be harmful in itself, but could lead to unintended tragic outcomes,” as has happened in other places where assisted suicide has been legalized.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

While “asserting that something could happen is not the same as stating that something will happen,” wrote O’Malley, “common sense allows reasonable people to judge the likelihood that a sequence of events that have happened in one place are likely to happen in another place in a similar way.”

As written, the cardinal said, Question 2 could lead to adoption of “quality of life” standards, putting the mentally ill and the disabled at risk of being targeted for assisted suicide, and perhaps eventually, for euthanasia. He said the disabled and their advocates “fear that misunderstandings and false compassion could result in their being considered ‘better off dead,’ devalued, and treated as second class citizens in respect to their medical care.”

He also expressed concern that the law might push up suicide rates in general, and that it would pave the way for an “unscrupulous heir or indifferent family member [to pressure] a sick person, either directly or in subtle ways, to end his or her life.”


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