Do you trust your doctor? Since the 5th century B.C., physicians have sworn allegiance to the Hippocratic Oath which in its original form read, in part, "I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect." Passage of ballot question #2, which allows physician-assisted suicide, changes all that.

An aphorism which doctors and other medical professionals have followed for hundreds of years is "First, do no harm." What more harm could a physician do than to deliberately and directly help end the life of a patient, even when asked?

Times have changed quickly, haven't they? Do you remember Doctor Jack Kevorkian, who carried the nickname, "Dr. Death"? He assisted at 130 suicides and as recently as 1999 was convicted and imprisoned for second-degree murder. Now, activists want to make what was for him a crime an attractive alternative and something for doctors to encourage and support.

New laws almost always lead to unintended consequences. We've seen that over and over just with Obamacare. What may be offered today as a limited and rigidly controlled measure will sooner or later be modified, expanded or abused to include amendments or regulations that go way beyond what the framers or, especially, unsuspecting voters expected.

Finally, how many of us have heard an elderly relative or an acquaintance going through painful treatment or some other traumatic situation say in a moment of depression, "I wish I were dead!" You know, they don't usually mean it.


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It is an emotional expression of how they feel at the moment. Given time they get over it, they get better, they move on to acceptance. Wouldn't it be wrong to rush toward suicide when a person might get a second chance at life or, at least, heal the wounds that made them want to end it.

Please vote NO on Question 2. Your own life might depend on it.

Michael Langlois

Dracut