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Four steps in the final four days to defeat assisted suicide


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Regular readers of The Pilot and CardinalSeansBlog.org are aware of the many reasons we in the Church oppose assisted suicide and urge a vote of "No on Question 2." Our faith tells us that suicide is always a tragedy and should never be presented as a "compassionate solution." The medical community and advocacy groups for the disabled have pointed out the lack of safeguards and other flaws in Question 2. Others oppose Question 2 because they think laws involving life and death should be discussed in the legislature, not through a ballot initiative process.

Polls show that support for Question 2 has dropped significantly. There are three principal reasons for this. First, nearly all newspaper editorials have endorsed the "No on Question 2" position, including the Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Lowell Sun, New Bedford Standard Times, Salem News, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Cape Cod Times, The Pilot and others. Most newspapers have also included well-written Op-eds from doctors, disability-rights advocates and regular citizens persuasively stating why Question 2 is wrong for Massachusetts.

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