Marianne LaBarge: Explains support for ‘death with dignity’ resolution

Published: 12/14/2017 7:53:01 PM
Explains support for ‘death with dignity’ act

I was so glad when my colleagues on the Northampton City Council unanimously passed a “death with dignity” resolution Nov. 2.

It calls on the Legislature to pass “The End of Life Options Act” (H1194), giving our state’s citizens with a terminal illness and who are of sound mind the option of ending their suffering (and their family’s) with medication from their doctor.

I am such a strong supporter of this resolution, and the issue of medical (and compassionate) aid in dying, because over many years, I’ve faced a lot of losses and difficult deaths in my family and friends from many different types of cancer. Every year or two there is a loss in our family.

The “death with dignity” bill is currently being considered by the Legislature’s Joint Public Health Committee. If it doesn’t pass by early February, it won’t go on to the full Legislature for debate and a vote, but will die and not be able to be reintroduced until 2019.

I urge area residents to join me in contacting the Joint Public Health Committee co-chairs Sen. Jason Lewis (, 617-722-1206), and Rep. Kate Hogan (, 617-722-2130), and ask them to pass H1194.

I want to see our state become the seventh one, plus Washington D.C., to authorize the option of a peaceful and humane death for those who would choose it. I know that if it had been available, many in my family would have done so.

Marianne LaBarge


The writer is the city councilor from Ward 6 and a co-sponsor of the resolution.

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