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John Kelly, disabilities rights activist and founder of Second Thoughts, and Dr. Marcia Angell, senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
John Kelly, disabilities rights activist and founder of Second Thoughts, and Dr. Marcia Angell, senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With the election just eight weeks away, Radio Boston will be examining the three ballot questions facing Massachusetts voters this November.

First up, we take a look at Question 2, the so-called "Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act," which would make it legal for an adult resident with a terminal illness to receive a prescription for drugs to end his or her life.

There are many terms that are used to describe this issue, from "death with dignity" to "physician assisted suicide." It is a controversial and weighty subject that touches on a profound question: What is the value of life and who decides when or if death is ever a better option?

Guests:

  • Marcia Angell, former editor, New England Journal of Medicine; senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • John Kelly, disabilities rights activist and founder of Second Thoughts

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This segment aired on September 18, 2012.

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