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Death With Dignity Act call to action

To the editor:

For the past year, the people of Massachusetts participated in an open and honest conversation about allowing terminally-ill patients the choice to end their suffering. The Death with Dignity Act offered the terminally ill the right to make that decision for themselves, but regrettably, we fell short. Our grassroots campaign was fueled by thousands of people from across this state, but outspent five-to-one by groups opposed to individual choice.

Even in defeat, the voters of Massachusetts have delivered a call to action that will continue and grow until the terminally ill have the right to end their suffering, because today, dying people needlessly endure in our commonwealth and do not have the right to control their most personal medical decision.

Stephen Crawford


Editor’s note: Crawford is communications director of the Dignity 2012 campaign

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