BOSTON — The Massachusetts secretary of state is expected to announce today whether enough signatures have been collected to allow a physician-assisted suicide ballot initiative in the state for November 2012.
A successful initiative would make the state the third in the nation to allow the practice of someone ending his own life with the help of a physician prescribing lethal drugs. Oregon and Washington currently allow the practice.
But gauging widespread popular support of the Massachusetts Death With Dignity Act is difficult. Language of the initiative and its campaign avoids the term “suicide,” instead using “compassion,” “dignified” “humane” and “end-of-life care.” Whether voters...READ MORE