Fight over assisted suicide lives on after court ruling

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 | 
Charlie Butts, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor writing prescriptionThe ongoing battle to legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts has been passed back to the state’s liberal legislature after a court ruling.  

Massachusetts Superior Court ruled last week there is no constitutional right to assisted suicide and kicked the volatile issue back to state lawmakers, a decision applauded by many.  

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute says the legal fight dates back to a lawsuit filed by Dr. Roger Kligler, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, given six months to live, but was alive this week to learn the court ruling.  

“The good news for the doctor, not good news for his legal case,” Beckwith explains, “was that about three years ago he got an updated diagnosis where the cancer levels had gone down. So now his prognosis had changed from less than six months to live to years.”

Opponents of assisted suicide have pointed out that Dr. Kligler has enjoyed three more years of life despite demanding the legal right to include a licensed physician in his life-ending decision.

Dr. Kligler and a second physician, Dr. Alan Steinback, who treats terminally ill patients, filed the civil lawsuit together, Boston’s WBUR reported.

WBUR reported the state’s attorney general’s office opposed the lawsuit, arguing that lawmakers and not the courts should decide how to tackle the issue.

An end-of-life measure in 2012 concluded with a narrow loss: 51 percent opposed it and 49 percent voted in favor.

“This is something that the legislature has been evaluating for years now,” Beckwith says. “We've been fighting it there for at least a decade."

Attorneys for the two plaintiffs vowed to appeal the court ruling but also said they were pleased the court ruled doctors have the legal right to share life-ending information with patients.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

If I had to choose one thing I like about the just-passed 'pandemic relief' bill, it would be …

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

‘Choppy waters’ await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier
  In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds
Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa
US eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 590,000
States impose new restrictions on travelers from New York
No games, big losses: Money crisis faces US Olympic sports
Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Coronavirus kills one person every 17 minutes in New York
Video: Tony Perkins responds to New York Times op-ed that blames Christians for spread of coronavirus
National Rifle Association blasts L.A. County Sheriff's 'reckless decision' to close down gun shops
Trump defends trip to Va. to see off Navy hospital ship, says he won't be 'jumping around in a huddle'
Hillary Clinton makes joke out of coronavirus: Trump did promise 'America first'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Pro-lifer hits back over pro-abortion message

Say no to abortionA billboard campaign launched by angry abortion supporters in New Mexico is making outrageous claims.