The next Death with Dignity referendum in Massachusetts
could place the spotlight on the role of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church’s
defeat of physician assisted suicide in Massachusetts took more than money and
message: it took coalition politics too.
In the campaign
against physician assisted suicide in Massachusetts, the Catholic Church won a
moral issue with a secular message.
the campaign to defeat the Death with Dignity referendum in 2012, money was a
crucial factor. The money was Catholic, and it came in late.
Is the Catholic Church back as a powerful political
force in Massachusetts? Its defeat of the 2012 Death with Dignity referendum
suggests a new sophistication.
Political analysis and commentary from political science professors who love real-life politics — especially of the Massachusetts variety.