The draft bill to authorise medically assisted suicide in Massachusetts has just been rejected following submission to a study committee last week.
For Matt Valliere, Executive Director of Patients’ Rights Action Fund, who is against assisted suicide, the legislature has listened to doctors, advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and those who oppose assisted suicide. “Your voice has been heard – assisted suicide is not a medical treatment,” he announced in a press release. “It’s a bad public policy that exposes a large number of people to fatal risks due to errors, constraints or abuse.”
Assisted suicide has been authorised in Oregon since 1994. California, Colorado, Vermont and the states of Washington and Columbia as well as Montana followed suit in 2009.