Mass. rejects 'Death with Dignity' campaign

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Massachusetts voters have rejected doctor-assisted suicide, thwarting proponents' efforts to gain approval in a northeastern state.

Camenker, Brian (MassResistance)Brian Camenker of MassResistance! tells OneNewsNow what he thinks made the difference.

"The interesting thing ... is that throughout just about the whole time it was leading in the polls, sometimes as much as 60/40, the support for it," he reports. "I believe that what made the difference was the major group that was against it did a huge barrage of commercials on television."

The TV spots, he says, were well done, featuring experts who simply told the truth about the consequences of doctors helping vulnerable people kill themselves. As a result, voters changed their opinions about Question 2, the "Death with Dignity" campaign.

"It was universally unsupported by the liberal media," Camenker adds. "For instance, The Boston Globe which goes for anything liberal, was against that question. The Herald was against that question. Everybody that I could think of, except for the homosexual newspapers, were against it, and I think that if they tried it again that it would be defeated by an even greater margin."

The MassResistance! president says one of the problems with the measure is that proponents basically used the same language as Oregon and Washington, where assisted suicide is legal and the problems with it have become well-known.

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