Opposing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide in the Mainstream

Editor’s note. The following comes from the Massachusetts Alliance against Doctor Prescribed Suicide. Massachusetts citizens will be voting on an Initiative to legalize assisted suicide on the November ballot.

Proponents of doctor-prescribed suicide [DPS] and their friends in the media act as though we should “get with the program” and vote to legalize DPS.

We know of the terrific victory in Vermont this spring where the legislature defeated DPS by 18 – 11.

We know that, since the early 90’s only Oregon and Washington have voted for DPS on the statewide ballot – as is being attempted here.  It is important to remember that Maine, Michigan and California all have defeated ballot measures.

During that time, 34 states have passed laws against DPS.

Between January 1994 and March 2011, there were 122 legislative proposals in 25 states.  None of them passed.

The death lobby is a many-headed hydra.  Since they don’t succeed with the people, they try the courts.

On June 26, 1997, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the right of states to prohibit assisted suicide by a 9-0 vote!

Opposing DPS is, obviously, the mainstream way-to-go.