In just a moment, you will receive an automated phone call that will connect you to your lawmakers’ offices. Here are some talking points for your use during your call:
- Medical aid in dying is a compassionate option for terminally ill, mentally capable adults. No person is required to use it, and no doctor is mandated to provide it.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically highlighted the fragility of life and the importance of a compassionate death. It is critically important—especially in times of uncertainty—that we are able to direct how we want our final days to unfold by having the authority to decide our end-of-care options, based on our personal values and beliefs.
- Seventy percent (70%) of Massachusetts voters support medical aid in dying as a right—including 64% of Catholics, who are thought to oppose the legislation.
- Authorizing medical aid in dying means power and peace of mind for people who are dying. Research from Oregon, where the practice has been legal for decades, shows that just having the prescription is comforting for dying individuals, regardless of whether they decide to take it to peacefully end their suffering.
- Lawmakers need to pass this legislation now. For terminally ill Massachusetts residents there is no time to spare.