Boston Attorney Henry Luthin Against Question 2
On October 6th, Henry Luthin, a Boston attorney, wrote an Op-Ed in the Boston Herald expressing his concerns with Question 2 and urging Massachusetts residents to vote NO. In his op-ed, Luthin argues: “What on the surface appears to be a good and compassionate law to help end suffering in fact is a poorly written, confusing and a flawed ballot initiative.”
We agree with Mr. Luthin that Question 2 is critically flawed. Luthin’s op-ed goes on to point out some of those flaws and argues for some of the most important reasons to vote NO on Question 2: a terminal prognosis is just an estimate and doctors cannot accurately predict if someone has 6 months or less to live; there is no requirement for a psychological consultant before a patient receives a lethal prescription to commit suicide; and there is no physician present when the patient takes the lethal prescription. Luthin ends by arguing that: “The act [Question 2] does not do anything to improve end-of-life care for a patient or promote better palliative care. As a Commonwealth, we should strive to make hospice and palliative care a model for the country.”
We thank Henry for his support of the campaign and his work to educate Massachusetts voters about Question 2. Read Henry Luthin’s full Op-Ed here.