Group plans to appeal Mass. judge’s decision that rejected a right to assisted suicide


An advocacy group pushing to legalize medically-assisted suicide in Massachusetts said Monday that it will appeal a recent court decision, which said patients do not have a right to end their lives with the help of their doctors…

Second Thoughts Massachusetts, a group that opposes medical aid in dying, praised the judge’s decision. That organization said it was pleased that the ruling found that any state doctor who prescribes a lethal dosage of drugs could be subject to prosecution for involuntary manslaughter.

“Disability rights advocates will continue to press the legislature that assisted suicide is just too dangerous,” John B. Kelly, Second Thoughts director, said in a statement.

Kelly said the state Legislature considered an end-of-life health bill last year and added that the proposal is still in committee.

Read the full story at the Boston Globe…

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