The Awkward Poser is not inclined towards politics, but there is a question on the Massachusetts ballot in November that I believe transcends politics and goes to America’s core identity as a land of free choice; I hope that all eligible voters will support the proposed Death with Dignity law in Massachusetts.
A similar law, which allows people of sound mind with terminal illness to self-administer life-ending drugs, has been in effect in Washington state for about a decade. During that time a few hundred people have availed themselves of the opportunity to terminate their lives in the face of debilitating and painful deaths. There has been no evidence of anyone being coerced into ending their lives, or any cases where people who do not fit the strict requirements of sound mind have been allowed to access life ending drugs. In fact, the majority of people who go through the process to qualify and receive the drugs never take them, they are simply a peace of mind placebo.
We Americans take pride in our individuality and the right to make our own decisions. For the vast number of Americans the provisions of this law violate their religious or moral code, but citizenship requires us not only to secure the freedoms we cherish, but also to safeguard the freedoms of others. Even if conscience prohibits you from considering such a means to end life, please be tolerant of others with a different point of view and give them the opportunity to take control of their death with the same security with which we take control of our rights in life.