Carrie West: Supports End of Life Options Act

Published: 6/15/2020 2:32:58 PM

In addition to providing much-needed medical and economic relief for our communities and state from this COVID-19 crisis, I’d like to see our Legislature also provide relief to many of our citizens who are terminally ill with illnesses like cancer and heart disease by passing ‘The End of Life Options Act” (H.1926).

The first important step was taken on May 29, when the Joint Committee on Public Health voted overwhelmingly to pass H.1926. I support this bill because I have a close friend who is terminally ill in the state of Washington, and she/he is using their aid-in-dying law this month to choose a peaceful, painless death rather than continued severe suffering at the end of her/his life.

Hospice and palliative care services are wonderful, but in too many cases people still die in great pain and unrelieved suffering. Such terminally ill and mentally capable people should have the option of medical, compassionate aid in dying, like Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, and seven other states have authorized over the past 23 years. Please contact your state legislators and urge them to support passage of H.1926 by the full House and Senate as soon as possible. Then ask your friends and family throughout Massachusetts to do so with their own legislators, too.

Carrie West

Amherst




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