Councilor Edmund P. Tarallo shared "one of my reasons that I do not support Question 2 is that it is not truly physician assisted. The prescription in not administered by a physician; it is self-administered without a doctor or anyone else needing to be present."
Councilor Joseph Giordano commented "it is just wrong that a mental health evaluation is not required and that there is no requirement to let a family member know that you plan to take a lethal dose of medication that will kill you."
In an interview with the Pilot, Father James DiPerri, pastor of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted parish, commented that the "show of unity of the Waltham City Council with the mayor in unanimous opposition to Question 2 is moving," he said. "When fair-minded people, even with ideologies that span the political spectrum, examine Question 2 and get beyond its misleading language, they will unite in opposition to this flawed bill."
DiPerri preached on the issue of assisted suicide in mid-October and will be playing the homily of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at all Masses on October 27 and 28. He has joined with the other pastors in Waltham to educate the city's Catholic community.
"It's important that every Catholic reach out to our neighbors to ask them if they have heard about Question 2 and express the many concerns we have."
LeBlanc urges voters not to be misled by the language of the ballot question which she contends has been masterfully crafted to confuse voters. She said "we have a responsibility to ensure that all laws are just, and as written, this law is not just. Please vote no on question 2."
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