Should physicians be able to prescribe medication to end life?
On Wednesday, September 19th, NECN ran a news story about physician-assisted suicide and highlighted three key members in the fight against physician assisted suicide: Rosanne Bacon Meade, Chairwoman of the Committee Against Physician-Assisted Suicide, Dr. Barbara Rockett, past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and John Kelly, director of Second Thoughts.
Each raised concerns about Question 2 that point out the critical flaws in the question. Rosanne Meade talked about her sister-in-law that was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given a three-month prognosis. According to Rosanne, that was 16 months ago and plans on having lunch with her next week. Question 2 would allow a terminal ill patient with a six-month prognosis or less to commit suicide. We can see from Rosanne’s personal story that a prognosis can be wildly inaccurate.
See the NECN news video below, or click here for the original.