To the editor:

I’m writing about the important end-of-life healthcare issue of death with dignity. It’s also known as medical, compassionate aid in dying for people who are terminally ill, mentally capable, and facing great pain and suffering at the end. There’s a bill in the Legislature called “the End of Life Options Act” (H.1926).

Maine, Vermont, New Jersey and six other states, plus Washington D.C., have already passed a death with dignity law over the past 22 years. And there are enough safeguards in all these laws so that there has not been one substantiated case of abuse or coercion toward an elder, disabled, or low-income person.

I think it’s time for Massachusetts to do the same. State Reps. Lori Ehrlich (Swampscott/Marblehead), Thomas Walsh (Peabody), and Donald Wong (Saugus/Wakefield) are supporters of this bill. I hope that Paul Tucker (Salem) and Brad Hill (Hamilton, Ipswich, etc.) will join them and vote for it, after it first passes the Public Health Committee and reaches a floor vote in the House.

Betty Breuhaus


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