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Massachusetts Medical Society Ends Opposition To Physician-Assisted Suicide

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org The Massachusetts Medical Society has ended its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. The medical society on Saturday adopted a neutral stance on what it now calls “medical aid-in-dying,” The Boston Globe reports. The society’s governing body approved the changes in separate votes, with delegates voting 151 to 62 to retract its […]

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Massachusetts Doctors Must Provide End Of Life Counseling

Physicians in Massachusetts are now required to offer end of life counseling to their terminally ill patients nearing death, according to new regulations taking effect. It is the first such law in the nation. On December 19, Massachusetts Secretary for Health and Human Services John Polanowicz published regulations designed to help dying patients make their end of life care wishes […]

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“Death With Dignity” Makes Gains In Massachusetts

After suffering a narrow defeat in 2012, proponents of a “Death with Dignity” law in Massachusetts are hopeful that an increase in public support for aid in dying legislation will influence state lawmakers. Proposed legislation would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medications to some terminally ill, mentally competent adults. More than 70 percent of likely Massachusetts voters […]

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A Doctor’s View Of Death With Dignity

Hundreds of concerned citizens and patient advocates gathered at Temple Sholom in Chicago to learn about “Death with Dignity,” legislation that could allow physicians in Illinois the ability to prescribe life-ending medications to some terminally ill patients. Currently, only three states have “Death with Dignity” legislation– Oregon, Washington and Vermont; physicians in Montana may raise a defense of consent if charged […]

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