Hearing Tuesday At State House On Assisted Suicide

By Ruth Walker

A number of states already have laws allowing the right to die for the terminally ill also known as assisted suicide, however in Massachusetts, the voters in 2012 voted against a ballot question that would allow doctors in Massachusetts to prescribe life-ending drugs to the terminally ill.

Today on Beacon Hill there is a hearing on legislation that if passed would make it legal for a person with a terminal illness or condition to ask their doctor for life-ending drugs.

Those for and those against the legislation are at today’s hearing and on Monday, Governor Charlie Baker said he understands it’s an issue people wrestle with and is interested in today’s testimony.

Earlier this month this month the Maine House of Representatives and Senate passed a measure that would legalize assisted suicide in their state and Vermont has already passed a law allowing assisted suicide in it’s state.

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