Second Thoughts - People with Disabilities Opposing the Legalization of Assisted Suicide

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photo of statue of the thinker We are Massachusetts residents with disabilities who oppose the legalization of assisted suicide.   In November, 2012, we helped defeat Question 2 on the state ballot, which would have legalized assisted suicide. Second Thoughts continues to oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide in the state, and celebrates the demise of an even worse bill, H 1998.

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Assisted Suicide Bill Killed!

Public Health Committee sends H 1998 to "study," which means oblivion.

After powerful testimony by cross-disability advocates in December, and three more months of education work with the public health committee, the assisted suicide bill went down. Second Thoughts Massachusetts Statement about H1998’s demise

Death without Dignity for H 1998

"If you pass this law, you will be putting the power of who lives and who dies out of the individual's hands and into that of an unscrupulous society, who do not think that we have lives worth living." ~Kate Ryan Autistic Self Advocacy Network



Second Thoughts to testify against H 1998

Press Release.

Second Thoughts director John Kelly said "This dangerous bill enables a doctor to misdiagnose you as terminal, decide that your depression doesn’t impair your judgment, and give you a prescription on the same day."

Bumper Sticker No on 2 it's too dangerous, Yes on 3 the right medicine


Letters to the editor are especially important now. Here are the e-mail addresses for some major newspapers in Massachusetts. the editor must include the writer's name, address and telephone number in order to be considered for publication. Letters should be brief."
Bumper Sticker No on 2 it's too dangerous, Yes on 3 the right medicine

Second Thoughts / Question 2 in the news

suicide prevention.
  • Extensive coverage on Boston Public Radio Station WBUR:
-- All Things Considered
-- John Kelly versus Marcia Angell I on Radio Boston
-- John versus Marcia Angell, II on Morning Edition with Bob Oakes
-- Personal Side of the Story

For more reporting on Question 2 and Second Thoughts, visit our IN THE NEWS page.

For more Second Thoughts about the legalization of assisted suicide, see Food for Thought page.

Contact Second Thoughts at 617-250-8918

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