Three Ballot Questions

October 31, 2012
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There are three ballot questions for Massachusetts voter to decide. We urge all voters to read the questions ahead of time, either on-line on the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office or in the pamphlets that went out to every voter from the Secretary of State.

In addition, there are opinions offered on each question by the Attorney General’s office as well as pro and con opinions from those who support the questions and those who oppose them.

All of the ballot questions (auto repair information availability from the manufacturers; the right to request end-of-life medication from a doctor; and medical marijuana as prescribed by a doctor) are fairly long and complex. However, the latter two are modeled after similar statutes in other states and have incorporated safeguards based upon the experiences in those states. All three of those questions, and the new laws that would become effective if passed, will affect the quality of life for just about everyone. Most of us own a car at some point in our lives; many of us get diseases for which marijuana is an excellent, non addictive pain reliever; and all of us will die. There are arguments to be made on both sides of these questions, but ultimately, the only opinion that counts is the one that comes when the votes are counted  which is why all of us must express vote on Tuesday.

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    You state:
    “modeled after similar statutes in other states and have incorporated safeguards based upon the experiences in those states.”

    In the entire world there are only five places that have officially legal assisted suicide and/or euthanasia: US states of Washington and Oregon and three small countries: Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. That totals about 40 million people, which is only four times the size of Massachusetts. Thus if question 2 is passed, 15% of the world’s population who live under assisted suicide & euthanasia will be in Massachusetts.

    By the way, in the Netherlands full-blown euthanasia has made people afraid to be admitted to hospitals. They have mobile euthanasia teams. And depressed patients and disabled infants are killed for reasons of “mercy”?

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