Public News Service: MA Lawmakers Urge Colleagues to Pass End-of-Life Options Act

March 20, 2022

An excerpt from the Public News Service news segment, “MA Lawmakers Urge Colleagues to Pass End-of-Life Options Act,” published March 2, 2022:

“According to a new poll, more than half of voters across the nation are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports medical aid in dying, and just 6% say they’d be less likely to do so.

In Massachusetts, lawmakers have introduced the “End of Life Options Act” since 2012, with some adjustments over the years. It would allow patients who have received a terminal diagnosis to voluntarily request a prescription to end their lives peacefully. Rep. James O’Day, D-West Boylston, a primary sponsor this session, said people want to be in control of their lives.

“Why should we, at the end of people’s lives, take that option away from individuals,” he said, “particularly individuals who find themselves in really difficult physical health and putting themselves and loved ones through a really difficult and traumatic experience?”

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