Massachusetts voters are faced with Ballot Question #2, the co-called “Death with Dignity” question, which wants to legalize Physician Assisted Suicide in Massachusetts for terminally ill patients.
The patient would have to ask their Doctor to prescribe a fatal dose of medication. The Doctor would have to dtermine that the patient will die in six months. And the Doctor would have to determine that the patient is mentally sound and capable of making this decision to end their life.
I think Christians should vote NO on this question for the following reasons…
All humans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and this have intrinsic value from conception until natural death. this is the core, foundational biblical value that makes all human life sacred — becuase we alone in all creation bear the image of God.
God knows each human from the moment of conception (Psalm 139:13) until natural death. Each is known by God and loved by God — and each was in mind when Jesus died on the cross to atone for sin (John 3:16).
This basically says our society approves of suicide. The Ballot Question allows for a Doctor to prescribe a fatal dose of 100 pills allowing a person to attempt to take their life at any time — possible alone, without their family or their doctor present.
And it enlists Doctors in this plot to take life, turning healers into killers, by asking them to determine if a person will die of their illness within six months — something which all doctors agree is not possible to do with any degree of certainty.
This law will open the door to requiring Doctors to prescribe a fatal dose or refer a patient to a Doctor who will prescribe the fatal dose, voilating the conscience of Physicians who disagree.
The Massachusetts Medical Society (the Massachusetts state association of medical doctors) has come out in opposition to this Ballot Question. As has the Boston Globe newspaper, the Boston Herald, the American Medical Association and many other organizations.
I urge you to be informed and vote NO on Question 2.
Only by grace,