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Legal situation

In short

In Massachusetts, bills are being discussed. The most recent developments can be found on the website of Death With Dignity.
Over the years, the state Legislature has rejected multiple attempts to introduce “death with dignity” bills.


In Massachusetts, 70% of state residents support medical aid-in-dying, according to a 2020 poll conducted by the Boston Globe and Suffolk University. According to the same poll, 74% of those polled said they would want doctors to stop treating them if they had an incurable disease and were in “terrible pain.”

An Act relative to end of life options

In March 2021, two new bills were introduced: H. 2381 and S.1384. This latest bill is sponsored by 84 members of the Massachusetts Legislature, with 67 House members and 17 senators. 

Latest news

Update on New York and Massachusetts

This June, the Death with Dignity National Center published a State Legislation Report on Massachusetts and New York. In these states, Death with Dignity bills

Massachusetts considering aid-in-dying bills

Massachusetts is once again considering aid-in-dying bills, proposed legislation which has historically divided the state – and the country. Earlier The conversation on the topic