Opponents of physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts are doubling down in the coming year to prevent passage of a bill to legalize it.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life says the task has been made more difficult because the Massachusetts Medical Society has dropped opposition to the bill and will be neutral on the issue - and that has the pro-life group crying foul. MCL spokesperson Anne Fox tells OneNewsNow the medical society sent out a ballot to all 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts – but only 12 percent of those returned the ballots.
"Approximately 60 percent [of respondents] were in favor of doctor-prescribed suicide, and 40 percent [were] opposed,” Fox says. "Well, that comes out to [less than 2,000] doctors or medical students who answered this [in support] and now have driven the thing for the whole 25,000 doctors in the state.”
She considers it irresponsible to make a decision favoring the law based on such a small percentage of respondents.
Fox says the medical society’s policy announcement will make it more difficult to defeat the proposal in the Massachusetts General Court, the state's legislature - but that's just one challenge. She believes it could be even more difficult to go back and overturn that decision, even though it obviously does not represent all of their members, let alone all the doctors in Massachusetts.
Fox recalls how the same issue was raised within the British Medical Association, which has been historically against doctor-prescribed suicide, except for one 12-month period when they were taken over by the death lobby. In the end, the BMA reversed its stance and currently is opposed to helping people end their lives.