Groupd Says MA Voters Got It Right On Assisted Death

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A Vermont group that opposes allowing terminally ill patients to request a doctor’s aid in dying says the Election-day defeat in Massachusetts of a similar proposal was the correct step.

Bay State voters defeated a ballot initiative calling for what supporters call death with dignity and opponents call physician-assisted suicide.

Mary Hahn-Beerworth of the Vermont Right-to-Life Committee says the measure being defeated in Massachusetts by a margin of 51 to 49 percent came after weeks of organizing and campaigning by groups representing the disabled, the Massachusetts Medical Society, hospice and others.

The Vermont Senate defeated a similar measure in April, but the issue is expected to surface again.

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