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Doctor-Assisted Suicide: Most Support It, Do You? [POLL]

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling shows that 43 percent of Massachusetts residents are in favor of physician-assisted suicide, while 37 percent said they are opposed to it.

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling shows more Massachusetts residents are in favor of assisted suicide than not.

Out of the 936 people polled between March 16 and March 18, 43 percent said they would be in favor of legalizing assisted suicide, while 37 percent said they are against it and 20 percent are unsure. Currently, physician-assisted suicide is legalized in only three states—Oregon, Montana and Washington, according to Boston Magazine.

Amongst older residents, however, the number of those that oppose assisted suicide rises. Forty-four percent of those polled over the age of 65 said they are against it. Those between 46 and 65, however, had the highest number in favor of the idea at 49 percent.

In today's poll question, we're asking: Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide?

Let us know what you think by voting in our poll and sharing your thoughts in the comments section.

Theresa Schrempp April 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Beware of the proposed legislation. It specifically allows an interested party (one who would financially benefit from the death) to be a witness to the written suicide request. By contrast, Massachusetts probate law presumes that a Will witnessed by an interested party is the result of fraud or undue influence. Such a Will is presumed to be invalid. There are less protections for assisted suicide than there are for signing a valid Will. There is no requirement of a witness at the time the patient ingests the lethal dose and therefore no way to determine whether the lethal dose was ingested voluntarily or not. The devil is in the details. Please read this dangerous proposal before considering an endorsement.
TrueDignity April 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Any person who wants to end their life already can make that choice. This is NOT choice, but is the perfect scenario for elder abuse. Patients will not be allowed choice, but will be coerced to consent to end their lives: to 'balance the health care budget', satisfy the greed of anxious heirs, or in the cases in Oregon, denied legitimate medical treatment because this "option" is now available and costs less than treatment for cancer. The physician prescribing the two doses of poison is granted prosecutorial immunity for administering the drug. This absolves all parties from responsibility and any deficits in oversight in this bill which was carelessly written.
TrueDignity April 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
By the way, the headline is not accurate, as the poll results reveal, there are 4 times as many people who oppose physician assisted suicide than support it. This is true for the rallies and all other poll results I have seen. Repeating a lie often enough, (Most Support PAS, Do You?) abuses the privilege of the free press.
Clara Schoppe April 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I'm surprised (NOT) that you haven't noticed, in your own stats, the grisly fact that the majority of those who are against physician assisted suicide are those in the age group most likely to be "done in" by their "heirs apparent", while the majority of those in favor of physician assisted suicide are in the age group of those "heirs apparent". This, in itself, is a big reason to keep so called "Death with Dignity" a dead issue.
Pete Gummere April 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
As a bioethicist, I have seen cases of unambiguous greed motivating attempts to manipulate the care and treatment of a disabled or elderly person for the financial gain of manipulator. I can only imagine the consequence of legalizing assisted suicide!

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