Physician-assisted suicide bill faces opposition

Physician-assisted suicide bill faces opposition

More than a dozen Massachusetts doctors, including Fitchburg family physician Dr. Mark Rollo, gathered at the Statehou0se on Wednesday to voice opposition to a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide under certain conditions.

The bill, currently before the Legislature’s Public Health Committee, would allow a person with a terminal illness — defined as a prognosis to live six months or less — to obtain a prescription for life-ending medication from a doctor.

Rollo said his main concern with the bill is the potential for state governments and insurance companies to steer vulnerable populations toward physician-assisted suicide as a way to save money.

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