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Massachusetts State Representative Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) introduced H.1194, An Act Relative to End of Life Options, on January 27, 2017. Massachusetts State Senator Barbara L’Italien introduced a companion bill in the state Senate the same day (S.1225). Both bills were referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health.

History

The 2017-2018 session is the eighth time a Death with Dignity bill is under consideration in the Massachusetts legislature.

Representative Kafka introduced similar bills in

None of these bills moved out of Committee.

In 2012, we campaigned in Massachusetts for Question 2, a ballot initiative to pass a Death with Dignity bill. While polls showed 58% of state residents supported the ballot question about this end-of-life option, the measure lost narrowly 51 to 49 percent. Because of the Commonwealth’s rules on the initiative process, a Death with Dignity bill cannot return to the Massachusetts ballot until 2018.

Physician-assisted dying bills were also considered in 1995 (H 3173), 1997 (H 1543), and 2009 (H 1468).

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