In a letter to the editor, Deborah Golden Alecson writes, “Massachusetts is closer than ever to passing the End of Life Options Act (H.1926/S.1208) that is currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Public Health.”
It seems absurd that we will have to use our collective might to lobby the legislature and the governor to give us the right to die. I have seen polls on the issue where support for an individual’s right to die with dignity is overwhelming.
Those who support death with dignity deem it to be a basic human right. Currently, there are five states in the United States where death with dignity is legal: Oregon, Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont. Each state had come to this status in various ways: through ballot, legislative action, and judicial support.