Massachusetts Backers of Pysician Assisted Suicide Concede
While the other two ballot questions here in Massachusetts passed, the "Death With Dignity" act appears to be dead. This morning backers of the question legalizing physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill conceded defeat, even though the vote was still too close to call. With 93 percent of the precincts counted, the "no" votes outnumbered the "yes" votes by about 38,000.
If passed, Massachusetts would have become the 3rd state to allow terminally ill patients to get help from their doctors to end their lives with lethal doses of medication. Religious, medical and disability rights groups fought the measure and spent many dollars on campaign ads.