THE BOSTON GLOBE
Letters to the Editor
August 11, 2011
THE ARTICLE “Drive begins to put assisted suicide law on ballot next year’’ (Metro, Aug. 4) uses the term “assisted suicide’’ to describe the proposed ballot measure that would permit terminally ill, mentally competent patients to obtain drugs to end their lives.
Typical suicides occur when people who could live choose to die, usually when depressed, in isolation, and often violently. On the other hand, terminally ill people cannot continue to live much longer. They discuss their options with physicians and usually family members and are not necessarily depressed; most receive excellent hospice care.
Physician aid in dying is a choice that all mentally competent, terminally ill people should have.
David C. Leven
Compassion & Choices of New York