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November 26, 2012

Good News from Massachusetts

Here’s some good news from Massachusetts. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.


Though you’re not hearing as much about it as the same-sex marriage referendums, the state of Massachusetts narrowly voted against allowing doctor-assisted suicide in the Nov 6 elections.

Before the election, Ben Mattlin, a free lance journalist, wrote in The New York Times why he was opposed to the measure, even as a self-described “good pro-choice liberal.” But Mattlin also has spinal muscular atrophy, a debilitating disease that kills most victims before they’re 2.

Mattlin says he sees more opportunity for abuse with doctor-assisted suicide, because someone else usually decides whom to kill and when, under the protection of these laws.

But even when patients do get to decide, the deck is stacked against them, he says, by coercion from a culture of death that treats those with diseases as sub-human. “I am more than my diagnosis and my prognosis,” Mattlin wrote. The Massachusetts decision was good for Mattlin and many others, and we should be hearing more about. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Suicide by Choice? Not So Fast
Ben Mattlin | The New York Times | October 31, 2012

Assisted suicide measure narrowly defeated; supporters concede defeat
Carolyn Johnson | | November 07, 2012

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