Letter: Become informed on 'Death with Dignity'

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To the editor:

The state "Death with Dignity" bill, now called the "End of Life Options Act" (currently H1194), will be introduced again in the January legislative session.

The bill was co-sponsored in 2017-18 by 47 legislators, and I am part of a grassroots effort to increase that number. We believe that it is time to make Massachusetts the ninth jurisdiction (after Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Colorado, Vermont, Montana and the District of Columbia) to give terminally ill patients the control, the respect, the peace of mind, and the dignity to make the best decisions for themselves.

Please join us for a public forum, "Death with Dignity: Should MA Pass the End of Life Options Act?" on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 906 Main St. in Williamstown. The speakers are John Berkowitz and Randee Laikind of Pioneer Valley Death with Dignity, followed by a Q&A and open discussion.

Terminally ill patients deserve the right to know about all their options. "Death with Dignity" should be one of those options. This is not a matter of life versus death, but the timing and manner of an inevitable death.

Kathy McKnight,

Williamstown








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