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Mass. group hails defeat of Vermont suicide bill

April 14, 2012
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BOSTON—A Massachusetts advocacy group opposed to measures that they say would make suicide a medical option is hailing a recent vote by the state senate in Vermont to block a bill allowing what backers call death with dignity.

Opponents said the Vermont proposal would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

The Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide said the bill lacked safeguards and has a high potential for elder abuse.

The group said the Vermont bill is similar to a proposed ballot question in Massachusetts that would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer life-ending drugs.

The Dignity 2012 coalition, which supports the measure, says the proposal will give terminally ill patients greater peace of mind, choice, and control.

Supporters say they've cleared the initial signature hurdle to get the bill on the November ballot.

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