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For centuries in Western civilization, the principles of the Hippocratic Oath have been held as the standard for ideal conduct by physicians. One of the oldest binding documents in history, the oath says doctors should treat the sick to the best of their ability and also "will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will make a suggestion to this effect." Yet now after centuries as the standard for care, the values inherent in this oath -- and the lives of countless sick and elderly -- are threatened by Question 2 on the November ballot.
If Question 2 is approved by voters, it will be legal for a doctor to give a patient expected to live less than 6 months a lethal dose of drugs which will kill them if ingested. A Suffolk University poll released in mid-September showed that 64 percent of Massachusetts voters support the measure. In order to defeat this ballot initiative, every person that opposes it should start sharing their reasons with their friends, neighbors and family members of all faiths.
As I researched the ballot question so I could explain to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike why they should vote No on Question 2, I found many extremely compelling arguments against the measure. Acknowledging and debunking the proponents' main selling point and then reducing all of the arguments against the measure to 3 key points make it straightforward to communicate why people should vote No on Question 2.