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    Letter | Kevorkian comes to town

    Potential for abuse renders proposal bad policy

    I thought that Tom Keane’s Aug. 26 op-ed was spot-on regarding an essential part of the ballot initiative to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Any law that has the potential for abuse is bad public policy.

    Add to Keane’s points the requirement for the doctor to list the cause of death as something other than suicide, the lack of explicit conscience protections for medical personnel, the opposition of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the presence of pain management and hospice care, and that should clearly add up to voting “no” on this unneeded and flawed bill.

    Ed Boylan