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Thursday, November 01, 2012

An Argument Against Mass. Ballot Question Two #Factcheck

Just saw this online and had to fact check it.

An Argument For, An Argument Against Mass. Ballot Question Two:



Rose-Anne Meade chairs the committee against physician-assisted suicide.

Here's her argument, fact checked against the full text of ballot Question 2.



Rose-Anne Meade: “We don’t require that they get any kind of counseling."

FACT:

The bill recommends consultations.

"(3) refer the patient to a consulting physician for a diagnosis and prognosis regarding the patient’s disease...

(4) refer the patient for psychiatric or psychological consultation if the physician believes the patient may have a disorder causing impaired judgment;"



Rose-Anne Meade: "We don’t require any family notification."

FACT:

The bill recommends family notification.

"(5) recommend that the patient notify next of kin of the patient’s intention; "



Rose-Anne Meade: "There’s no tracking of the prescription from the time somebody picks up this lethal dose of (medication) at the pharmacy. They take it home and then there’s no tracking."

FACT:

There's tracking.

"...the proposed law would require the attending physician to report each case in which life-ending medication is dispensed to the state Department of Public Health."



Rose-Anne Meade: "there’s no physician at the end."

FACT:

There could be a physician at the end.

"(6) recommend that the patient have another person present when the patient ingests the medicine and to not take it in a public place;"



Rose-Anne Meade: "They say it’s physician assisted suicide but there is no requirement for a physician to be there at the end."”

FACT:

It’s not physician assisted suicide.

"This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life."



VOTE YES on 2.

Learn more:

Death With Dignity National Center.
Massachusetts Dignity 2012 - Yes on 2



They also have that annoying TV commercial.



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I need to fact check it too.

2 comments:

  1. To be fair, there are no requirements other than tracking, only recommendations, so she's right.
    To be clear, I still support this bill. I would prefer a psychological evaluation requirement though.

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  2. Thanks for commenting.

    It's a require/recommend debate.

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