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LANSING, May 28 (LSN) – On Tuesday, the pro-assisted-suicide group Merian's Friends announced they have collected enough signatures to force a ballot consideration of assisted suicide in November. Dr. Edward C. Pierce, chair of Merian’s Friends, noted the group is gearing up for the public opinion battle and said that his main opponents would be pro-lifers and the Catholic Church.  Reacting to the news, the Michigan Hospice Organization (MHO) expressed concern that that “the legalization of physician-assisted suicide will cause the ill elderly to begin to feel an obligation to die, when they consider themselves no longer productive to society.”

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