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Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Support Massachusetts Death with Dignity

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Another independent poll released this week showed winning support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative which will appear on the state's November ballot. Tuesday's poll conducted by Suffolk University and 7News, demonstrated 2/3 of likely voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative. The poll question had the same wording as what will appear on the November ballot:

Question #2 is the Prescribing Medication to End Life Proposed Law. A YES VOTE would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life. A NO VOTE would make no change in existing laws. At this point would you vote yes or no?

Yes......................................... 64%
No ......................................... 27%
Undecided............................... 10%

With just seven weeks before the general election, this poll echoes others indicating Bay Staters want more legal and safe options at the end of their lives. Learn more about what's going on in Massachusetts from Dignity 2012 the coalition working in support of Death with Dignity. Most of us around the country don't have the opportunity to vote on this issue, but all eyes are on Massachusetts.

After all, the key to new Death with Dignity laws is an informed public. Your tax-deductible donation will help people in all states learn more about this critical end-of-life option. Please consider a gift today.

Posted on September 20, 2012 in Massachusetts, New England, Press Room


Posted by juliedelisle50@... (not verified) on October 2, 2012 at 01:58 p.m.

What are the procedures to get this on the ballot in michigan? I am a firm believer in the death with dignity law

Posted by Melissa Barber on October 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Thank you for commenting, Julie. I'm very sorry for my delayed response. After careful research and polling, we've found the next likely state to pass a Death with Dignity law will be in New England, and that’s where we’re currently focusing our attention. As we work to pass more and more Death with Dignity laws throughout the US, our hope is enough states will tip the scales and states which have been resistant in the past will finally listen to the will of the people. To get the ball rolling in Michigan, you may want to start finding others who support Death with Dignity laws like you to form the core of a grassroots group. Please feel free to email me to chat more:

Melissa Barber
Director of Digital Communications
Death with Dignity National Center

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