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The Berkshire Eagle: Our Opinion: Time has come for End of Life Options Act

An excerpt from The Berkshire Eagle editorial, “Our Opinion: Time has come for End of Life Options Act,” published May 21, 2020:


“…with COVID-19, which has claimed more than 6,000 lives around the state, prompting a renewed focus on end-of-life issues, we believe that this will be the time the legislation [End of Life Options Act (H.1926/S.1208)] becomes law …

“Medical science can do amazing things, but in enabling people with terminal illnesses to live longer the result can be prolonged suffering that patients should have the right to bring to an end.

“The legislation is currently before the Joint Committee on Public Health with a May 30 deadline for action. We urge the committee to approve it and put it before members for a vote. Ideally, before the end of the year, the bill will be passed and signed into law by the governor.”