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Massachusetts

Legal situation

In short

In Massachusetts, bills are being discussed. A hearing was held virtually Oct. 1 by the Legislature’s Committee on Public Health. Over the years, the state Legislature has rejected multiple attempts to introduce “death with dignity” bills.

Support 

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

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

Massachusetts developments continue

Nearly a decade after voters narrowly rejected a ballot question seeking to legalize medical aid in dying, state lawmakers are once again set to delve

Developments in Massachusetts

A bill that would give the terminally ill the option of ending their own lives medically is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. The bill,