Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Fails to Advance

New Boston Post
By: Evan Lips

BOSTON — A controversial bill aimed at legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the Bay State appears to be off the table for the current legislative session.

The proposal was facing a key Thursday deadline, in which the joint legislative committee tasked with its review had to determine whether or not to issue a favorable report.

State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover), who serves on the Joint Committee on Public Health — the body tasked with responding to the deadline — said members voted to recommend that the bill undergo further review.

“In effect, that means it’s dead,” Lyons said, adding that the decision was announced Wednesday morning.

Prior to filing the current version, state Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton) had filed three previous versions of the bill, in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In all three instances, the bill failed to move out of committee. Wednesday’s announcement marks the fourth such instance.

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