Question 2: Prescribing Medication To End Life
With the election just eight weeks away, Radio Boston will be examining the three ballot questions facing Massachusetts voters this November.
First up, we take a look at Question 2, the so-called “Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act,” which would make it legal for an adult resident with a terminal illness to receive a prescription for drugs to end his or her life.
There are many terms that are used to describe this issue, from “death with dignity” to “physician assisted suicide.” It is a controversial and weighty subject that touches on a profound question: What is the value of life and who decides when or if death is ever a better option?
- Marcia Angell, former editor, New England Journal of Medicine; senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School
- John Kelly, disabilities rights activist and founder of Second Thoughts
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WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer is co-hosting Radio Boston while Meghna Chakrabarti is on maternity leave.
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