As public sentiment changes, some Mass. docs say ‘no’ to assisted suicide

When the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) voted in December to rescind its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide, it appeared to be an important turning point for those who believe the option should be legal for the terminally ill.

But the debate among members about whether adopting a position of “neutral engagement,” which neither favors nor opposes the practice, has continued to swirl in the months following the decision by the professional organization’s policy-making body, known as the House of Delegates.

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