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Death with Dignity Act goes to Massachusetts legislature

Massachusetts State House boston The Death with Dignity Act will go before the Massachusetts legislature on Tuesday.
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Advocates of the Death with Dignity Act will hold a hearing before the Joint Public Health Committee at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday.

The bill, HB1998, would give terminally ill, mentally competent adults with less than six months to live the right, if they choose, to end their life by self-administering medication prescribed by their physicianin the state of Massachusetts.

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Tuesday's hearing will allow advocates of the Death with Dignity Act to provide testimony at the State House on behalf of the cause.Organization Compassion and Choices, anonprofit group who states their mission to be "helping everyone have the best death possible," previously held a grassroots campaign that included an online petition on change.org.

"We make life choices throughout life’s journey; knowing we have a choice in the final chapter can bring peace to many who are suffering," the petition stated.

Passage of this bill would make Massachusetts the fifth state in our nation to legalize aid in dying, after Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.

A similar bill was proposed last year, but it was defeated by voters.

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