Summary of Massachusetts Hearing

Last Friday on October 20th, 2023 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., Massachusetts civil rights champions assembled and outnumbered assisted suicide proponents at the Massachusetts State House to ask Massachusetts legislators to once again vote “NO” to the dangerous and discriminatory public policy of assisted suicide.

Notable testimony was provided by outstanding advocates Diane Meier, Director Emerita and Strategic Medical Advisor of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and noted professor, geriatrician, and leading palliative care specialist under whose leadership palliative care programs in America have tripled since 2002, and Haben Girma, human rights lawyer and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School.

One after the other, people living with disabilities, the BIPOC community, physicians, and nurses and those from the larger medical health care community, testified to a multitude of grave concerns, including, that assisted suicide laws always expand past initially campaigned and promised safeguards and represent an unwanted solution to a problem that does not exist with access to gold standard health care systems.

PRAF was honored to stand with Massachusetts most vulnerable in our ongoing fight against the deadly and discriminatory public policy of assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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