Church: ‘Hope’ can be more than our state motto

Church: ‘Hope’ can be more than our state motto

Proposed legislation H 5572 is titled a “Compassionate Care Act,” but it is anything but compassionate. A means of permitting the practice of physician assisted suicide in R.I., the act permits our most vulnerable citizens to end their lives prematurely.

COVID has exposed the profound loneliness experienced by many people in our own communities. The proposed legislation allows individuals with an “incurable and irreversible disease” to self-administer medication to induce death, subjecting the most vulnerable among us to grievous harm.

“Hope” remains our state motto. It would be more appropriate for our state to encourage providing care and support to those in need, rather than a means to prematurely end the lives of those feeling despondent or too much of a burden on others.

Lisa Church

Smithfield