Boston, Mass., Sep 30, 2021 / 17:07 pm
Legalized assisted suicide in Massachusetts would disproportionately impact the poor, disabled, and communities of color, said a group of physicians and disability activists during a press conference on Thursday, September 30.
The Massachusetts legislature will be having a public hearing on the End of Life Options Act Oct. 1. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to patients with six or fewer months to live. The End of Life Options Act is modeled after similar legislation in Oregon.
According to palliative care physician Dr. Laura Petrillo, the legislation is “not appropriate for Massachusetts.”
Petrillo, who was based in California prior to moving to Massachusetts, said that when California instituted its own assisted suicide law, there was “time and care” used to best discern how to implement the act. She said assisted suicide in California caused a “dramatic shift in how medicine is practiced” and “profoundly affects everyone involved.”