The day after Election 2012 ….
Thank you, Massachusetts, for voting against physician assisted suicide. Our opponents carefully chose your state when they decided to put their initiative on your ballot, and you said no. Good for you!
These laws ultimately endanger all of us, but pose an immediate threat to our most vulnerable population of people who are elderly, desperately ill or physically challenged. Thank you for protecting them.
In the past few weeks, the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy and the brother of one of President Barack Obama’s closest advisers wrote editorials in the New York Times against the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, who has a degree in neuroscience from Yale University, wrote a really funny piece for the Wall Street Journal recommending that life guards and police officers be given the power to assist suicidal people instead of talking them out of it. Their support for truly compassionate choices shows that people from all walks of life and with all kinds of political views have a problem with making it legal for our trusted doctors to end the lives of patients.
The suicide rate for Americans went up last year by 4%, the highest rate in 15 years. Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States chooses to end their life. We know that the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in other countries led to an increase in their general suicide rates. It’s simple. When you give societal approval to suicide, suicide rates go up.
Thank you, Massachusetts, for choosing compassion.