Nov 7, 2012 / 02:38 pm
Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston applauded the defeat of a Massachusetts ballot measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide, calling for more compassionate care of those who are seriously ill.
“It is my hope and prayer that the defeat of Question 2 will help all people to understand that for our brothers and sisters confronted with terminal illness we can do better than offering them the means to end their lives,” said the cardinal in a statement responding to the vote.
He said that the results show that “the people of the Commonwealth recognize that the common good was best served in defeating Question 2.”
The so-called “Death with Dignity” initiative on the Nov. 6 Massachusetts ballot would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who were given six months or fewer to live.
Proponents of the measure conceded defeat early on Nov. 7. With 96 percent of precincts counted, the initiative was rejected by a 51-49 percent margin.
The ballot measure had been vocally opposed by Cardinal O’Malley, who led a Twitter campaign against it. He warned that the proposal failed to value and respect the lives of those who are severely ill.
The initiative was also opposed by disability rights groups, the Massachusetts Medical Association and the Boston Herald, as well as major newspapers in numerous other cities. …
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