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November 4 2012

Support for Massachusetts Death with Dignity: what 14 years of data show us


>On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will face the Death with Dignity Act and decide whether they are comfortable with the idea of a physician being able to provide medication that a terminally ill patient can self-administer to end his or her life. If the act passes, Massachusetts will join Oregon, Washington, and Montana in being one of the few states that legally allows physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Many point to the Massachusetts outcome as a critical turning point in the nationwide debate. Lewis M. Cohen at Slate, for example, called it a “crucial milestone” because “if the act passes… other states that have previously had unsuccessful campaigns will certainly be emboldened to revisit this subject.”.

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