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Lexington church hosting talks on 'Death with Dignity' ballot question

Posted by Brock Parker  October 15, 2012 12:05 PM

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First Parish Unitarian Church in Lexington is hosting a series of discussions next week about the “Death with Dignity” initiative that will go before voters in a ballot question this November.

The ballot initiative would give terminally ill patients the option to request a prescription for a lethal dose of a drug from a licensed physician.

The series of discussions will kick off at the church at 7 Harrington Road, Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. with National Public Radio contributor Richard Knox moderating a panel with people speaking in favor and against the initiative.

Speaking in favor of the “Death with Dignity” act will be senior Harvard Medical School lecturer, Dr. Marcia Angell; and Steve Crawford, the communications director of Dignity 2012 that supports the initiative.

Speaking in opposition to the act will be Dr. Mark Rollo, a family practitioner with 24 years of experience and John Kelly, director of Second Thoughts, a group of people with disabilities who oppose the initiative.

The discussion is free an open to the public, though the church is requesting that people register if they plan to attend. Additional discussions will be held throughout the week, with the final discussion on Sunday, Oct. 28.

More information is available online at www.fplex.org.

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