Vt. group touts Mass. results on assisted death
MONTPELIER — A Vermont group that opposes allowing terminally ill patients to request a doctor’s aid in dying says the defeat this week in Massachusetts of a similar proposal was the correct step to take.
Bay State voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative calling for what supporters call death with dignity and opponents call physician-assisted suicide.
Mary Hahn-Beerworth of the Vermont Right-to-Life Committee says the measure being defeated in Massachusetts by a margin of 51 to 49 percent came after weeks of organizing and campaigning by groups representing the disabled, the Massachusetts Medical Society, hospice and others.
The Vermont Senate defeated a similar measure in April, but it is expected to surface again.