Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hearing on H - 1998, Doctor-Prescribed Suicide. Good News and, Potentially, Very Bad News...

The hearings of the Health Care Committee on H-1998, Doctor-Prescribed Suicide are Tuesday, Dec 17th from 10am to 1pm in Room A-1 at the State House.  This Committee functions differently from the one with which we usually deal.  You can actually get in, present your testimony, and be through in a timely fashion (see below).

Also, Pro-Life Senator Hedlund has left the Committee.  He is replaced by Pro-Life, newly-elected Senator Humason, so that is good news.

The bad news is that the Committee is seriously considering letting H - 1998 go to the floor even though not all the members favor the bill.  That means we have to work twice as hard!!!

You need to know that H - 1998 is much worse than Question 2.  There is no waiting period.  If a doctor or facility will not write a prescription, they must find another doctor or facility to write the prescription.

These people lost the ballot question but will never go away.

1)  Read http://masscitizensforlife.org/get-informed/legislation/2013-2014-legislative-agenda/doctor-prescribed-suicide-back-again/


2)  Plan to testify on the 17th or to submit written testimony.  Stress that this is dangerous and poor public policy.  Pick one or two of the things that strike you as really dangerous and write your testimony around them

If you are able to testify, Eva can register you the day before.  You can be on a panel, and present your testimony with no hassle.  Email Eva Murphy at emurphy@masscitizensforlife.org by Monday, the 16th to have her register you. 

If you are not able to testify in person, please submit your testimony, before Tuesday, to
jeffrey.sanchez@mahouse.gov and john.keenan@masenate.gov.  If you prefer, you may send it to Eva and she can submit it for you.

I know next week is the week before Christmas - just the time for the death lobby to get H - 1998 out of Committee.  We cannot let that happen!


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