New Online Video Released: Barbara’s Story

What happens when choice is taken away

Boston, MA – The No On Question 2 committee, Massachusetts Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide – No On 2, releases its first online video highlighting the myth that Oregon’s experience with legal assisted suicide is free from problems]. 

This first video features 2008 footage of Oregon cancer patient Barbara Wagner who was denied by her health provider, cancer treatment approved by her doctor and offered assisted suicide drugs instead.  You can view the brief video, Barbara’s Story by going to http://noonquestion2.org/index.php/video

A 2008 report by local Oregon news station KATU 2 about this story is viewable by viewing this link: http://www.kval.com/news/26140519.html

Marilyn Golden, a national disability rights advocate and policy analyst for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund notes, “Ballot Question 2 has profound policy implications for the people of Massachusetts.  As a progressive and person living with a disability I urge voters to look at this proposal carefully.

“We need to protect vulnerable patients who would be at risk of being pressured to choose death by a lethal prescription. That pressure could come from an insurance company or health care provider that doesn’t want to pay a treatmentl or a family member who stands to gain from the patient’s death.

“Barbara Wagner’s story in Oregon tells us about the lack of safeguards and problems arising from this proposed law.”

Like the Oregon law, Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 has no safeguard against the type of issue faced by Barbara Wagner in Oregon.   

Get the facts about Ballot Question 2 and what it means for Massachusetts by going to www.NoOnQuestion2.org