I vote a resounding yes to death with dignity or assisted suicide for TERMINALLY ILL patients. Both from tortured personal experience and the experience of many friends and relatives it is UNBELIEVABLE how horrendous it is for the patient to endure debilitating and freedom depriving terminal illness and how easy it is for others to deny themselves that freedom of choice. Moreover, by doing so they deny it to everyone else as well. It is an understatement to say a terminal illness is a horror of the greatest magnitude to endure and that it should be up to the person suffering it to make the ultimate decision for him or herself either by a health care proxy or, if possible, by oneself to either endure the suffering or end it. One's body is one's own. The suffering major religions require a human being to endure is unconscionable. I would even aver that religion is in the business of suffering and it is in its own vested and monetary interest to encourage one to endure unspeakable pain because then one goes to it for relief. I do not believe anyone can make that life or death decision for me but me.
If our culture euthanizes beloved pets because it is the humane thing to do is it no less so for a human being? I will vote yes for a death with dignity bill if it appears on the Massachusetts ballot in November! You can accept this difficult decision or reject it as you choose but leave that choice up to me.