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Published On: Wed, Nov 7th, 2012

Assisted suicide initiative in Massachusetts is narrowly defeated

Nicknamed the Death with Dignity Campaign conceded Wednesday morning as 51% of voters had opposed the assisted suicide measure in Massachusetts.

Jack Kevorkian started to popularize the assisted suicide movement which slightly lost on a Massachusetts ballot photo Gevorg Gevorgyan

What Jack Kevorkian brought to mainstream, the Death with Dignity supporters brought to the ballot.

“For the past year, the people of Massachusetts participated in an open and honest conversation about allowing terminally ill patients the choice to end their suffering,” the campaign said in a statement released this morning.

 “The Death with Dignity Act offered the terminally ill the right to make that decision for themselves, but regrettably, we fell short. Our grassroots campaign was fueled by thousands of people from across this state, but outspent five to one by groups opposed to individual choice.

“Even in defeat, the voters of Massachusetts have delivered a call to action that will continue and grow until the terminally ill have the right to end their suffering, because today dying people needlessly endure in our Commonwealth and do not have the right to control their most personal medical decision.”

A divisive ballot initiative that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication prescribed by physicians was narrowly defeated.

Massachusetts would have become the third state to allow terminally ill patients to get help from their doctors to end their lives with lethal doses of medication.

 

 

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