Representative Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) on January 15, 2015, filed H 1991, the Massachusetts Compassionate Care for the Terminally Ill Act, this session, the fourth time he’s done so, albeit this time backed by 39 lawmakers. A hearing took place on October 27.
The 2015 session was the fourth time a Death with Dignity bill was considered in the Massachusetts legislature. Representative Kafka had filed the same bill three times before, but it never moved out of committee.
In 2012, we campaigned in Massachusetts for Question 2, a ballot initiative to pass a Death with Dignity bill. 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.
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is once again considering a Death with Dignity bill. Modeled on the Oregon law, H 1991, Compassionate Care for the Terminally Ill Act, would give terminally ill people more freedom, control, and peace of mind at the end of their lives. Urge your state legislator to support the bill!
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