April 21, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

UMass men’s lacrosse falls to Hofstra on Senior Night, 11-6 -

Saturday, April 19, 2014

VIDEO: UMass United Rally in support of Derrick Gordon, LGBTQ community -

Friday, April 18, 2014

Student rally in support of Gordon, LGBTQ community -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

John Ashcroft faces criticism during speech -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass football continues move in new direction in annual Spring Game -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thousands gather in Amherst Commons for 23rd Annual Extravaganja -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sexual violence is not ‘normal’ -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One year after Boston Marathon bombings, UMass doctor Pierre Rouzier continues passion to help -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo Slideshow: UMass United Rally -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Get Yourself Tested at UMass -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Library labyrinth targets stress -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There is nothing to debate about global warming -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass hits the road to take on LaSalle -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

No. 11 UMass women’s lacrosse looks to extend winning streak against Richmond -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive latest McCormack Executive-in-Residence -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Got a little Irish in you? -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass doctoral student awarded Soros Fellowship -

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UMass Dressage Team discusses the lesser-known sport -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Canelas: Things worth watching in Spring Game 2014 -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

‘The Walking Dead’ finale resurrects a dull season -

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Massachusetts votes down “death with dignity” initiative

Courtesy of nyaltnews.com.

Ballot question 2 – which would have allowed for patients with less than six months to live to request end of life medication from their doctor – failed by a 2 percent margin.

The “Death with Dignity” initiative was declared too close to call Tuesday night, disallowing  the official announcement to be made until yesterday.

The question initially had the support of voters, according to the Boston Globe. But voters gradually lost confidence in the measure in the face of strong resistance from “religious leaders, anti-abortion activists and conservatives,” according to the Globe.

If the initiative had passed, it would have allowed certain specially licensed physicians to prescribe lethal dosages of drugs to terminally ill patients that fit specific criteria in order for them to end their lives.

Since the measure failed, there will be no changes to any current end-of-life care laws.

“We believe Question 2 was defeated because the voters came to see this as a flawed approach to end of life care, lacking in the most basic safeguards,” Chairperson of the Committee Against Assisted Suicide Rosanne Bacon Meade said in the statement reported on by the Globe.

“A broad coalition of medical professionals, religious leaders, elected officials and voters from across the political spectrum made clear that these flaws were too troubling for a question of such consequence,” she said.

In her statement, Meade said the initiative in favor of the ballot was outspent five to one by groups against the initiative.

Ads attacking the ballot question claimed the law was poorly written and could easily be abused, offering similar views as the aforementioned critical responses.

Similar laws have already been passed in Oregon and Washington, according to the Globe. Statistics kept in these states have shown that the medication is rarely requested and used even less frequently.

In recent years, similar ballot questions have failed in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, according to the Globe.

 

Sam Hayes can be reached at sdhayes@student.umass.edu.

 

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