Politics

On the ballot in Massachusetts this November

ASSISTED SUICIDE

Arguments for:

 Humane option to alleviate suffering at the end of life.

 In Oregon and Washington, patients infrequently choose to use end-of-life drugs.

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Arguments against:

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 Fragile patients could be coerced to end their lives.

 Compromises the role of physicians and their commitment to preserving life.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Arguments for:

 Can relieve painful symptoms for patients with chronic conditions.

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 Restricted to those with doctor’s permission.

Arguments against:

 Could increase access to drugs for general public.

 Unnecessary, since small amounts of marijuana are ­already decriminalized.

RIGHT TO REPAIR

Arguments for:

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 Levels playing field for independent auto body shops.

 Would give consumers more options for car repair.

Arguments against:

 Could force redesign of ­vehicles to fit new rules.

 Independent shops can ­already purchase the same equipment as dealerships.