In faiths, a split on assisted suicide
Mass. ballot item galvanizes major organizations
The state’s religious community is divided over what is perhaps the most profound question on this year’s ballot: Should people nearing the end of terminal illnesses be allowed to obtain a prescription drug to end their lives? The most influential religious force in Massachusetts, the Roman Catholic Church, has come out squarely against the referendum, as have other prominent faith voices. A handful of smaller denominations support the measure. But some umbrella faith organizations remain loath to stake out a position.