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I Actively Support the End of Life Options Act

Dear Editor,

   Throughout my life I have been present with family and friends during one of the most vulnerable times of their lives, that is, when they are terminally ill. I have helplessly witnessed their suffering and wished there was a humane solution to bring them peace.

   I have heard people say, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to suffer.” In Massachusetts, people who are terminally ill may face unrelieved suffering, loss of dignity and diminished quality of life.

   Therefore, I actively support the End of Life Options Act H1926/S1208, a bill currently scheduled for public hearing by the State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health. Middlesex County Legislators who are co-sponsors of this bill include Senators Michael Barrett and Edward Kennedy.

   Maine recently became the ninthstate (ME, NJ, VT, OR, WA, CA, CO, MT, HI) plus Washington DC, to pass a Death with Dignity law in the past 21 years. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in April that he would sign such a bill if the legislature passed the one under consideration.

   I urge people who support Death with Dignity to contact their local Rep. Sheila Harrington 617-722-2305. Furthermore, I encourage folks to attend the public hearing on June 25, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in  Gardner Auditorium at the State House, Boston. If you can’t attend, please send a brief statement of support to Committee Co-Chair John Mahoney at  John.Mahoney@MAHouse.gov

   Please contact your legislators encouraging them to support this humane act.

Roberta Fusari

Groton, MA

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