Legal Assisted Suicide Too Vulnerable to Abuse

By: John Kelly
Cape Cod Times

Proponents of legalization like Elias Lieberman resent assisted suicide as a fairy tale in which doctors can predict the future and everyone wants the best for us (“Support for medical aid in dying continues to grow,” My View, Nov. 17).

In the real world, legalized assisted suicide inevitably leads to the tragic deaths of innocent people through mistakes and abuse.

Every year nationally, thousands of people prove doctors wrong by outliving their mistaken terminal diagnosis. Every year in Oregon and Washington, doctors prescribe suicide for people who are not terminally ill. One may have months, years or decades of life left, but with assisted suicide it takes just one mistaken doctor and a colleague to put someone in the ground.

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