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UMass Poll Shows Support for Death with Dignity

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Between October 2-8, YouGov America interviewed 498 registered voters in Massachusetts for a new poll released by the University of Massachusetts, and it showed high levels of support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative. The survey found 65% of the registered voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative. As is standard, the question posed to respondents is identical to what'll appear on the ballot:

"Massachusetts Ballot Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life"

"Based on what you know about this issue, would you vote YES or NO on Issue 2 to allow a terminally-ill patient to request a physician to prescribe medication to end their life, or don't you know enough about this to say?"

Yes......................................... 65%
No ......................................... 19%
Undecided............................... 17%

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This Week in the Movement

Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

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Death with Dignity Ahead in the Polls

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The Boston Globe conducted a statewide public opinion poll which demonstrated slightly more support for the Massachusetts Death with Dignity initiative than was seen in previous polls. This poll was conducted by the Survey Center at the University of New Hampshire between Sept. 21-27, and found 68% of likely voters would vote yes on the Death with Dignity initiative.The poll question was slightly different from other recent polling surveys, but similar to how it'll appear on the ballot:

"I'd like to turn to an issue that will be on the ballot in November. Issue 2 concerns allowing a person who is terminally ill to request a physician to help them end their life. The proposed law would require that the person have an incurable disease and have six months or less to live, voluntarily request a physician's assistance in ending their life, and be medically determined to be mentally capable of making the decision to end their life. A YES vote on Issue 2 would enact the law allowing a physician to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient, to end that person's life. A NO vote would make no change in existing laws."

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Nancy Niedzielski from "How to Die in Oregon"

Nancy Niedzielski

Nancy Niedzielski worked tirelessly in Washington to advocate for the state's Death with Dignity Act which voters approved in 2008. Her efforts were documented in the groundbreaking documentary How to Die in Oregon which was honored at film festivals all over the world and nominated for an Emmy Award.

When it was announced the documentary How To Die In Oregon was nominated for an Emmy, memories of the Washington campaign to pass the second Death with Dignity law, flooded my mind. The documentary placed a bookmark at a historical event for people around the world to see. And see it they did with an outpouring of love and support for those who dedicate time and money to ensure terminally-ill patients have a choice in their dying pain. Film Festivals around the world honored the documentary with awards, which for my way of thinking, honors the patients. My husband suffered in his dying, and the Oregon Death With Dignity Act couldn't help him.

Read more: Nancy Niedzielski from "How to Die in Oregon"

This Week in the Movement

Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

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