Massachusetts has over 300 dedicated volunteers in action teams across the state, including Arlington, Dedham, Newburyport, Leverett and Falmouth. Action teams are a critical part of Compassion & Choices. They bring together and train other volunteers in their area to coordinate outreach efforts to local officials, and educate communities and health professionals. If you’re interested in joining an action team or starting one in your area, please click here.

On September 26, 2017, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health held a hearing for the End of Life Options Act introduced by Rep. Lou Kafka  (H1194) and Sen. Barbara L’Italien (S1225). Despite strong public support, the JPH Committee did not move the bill. Compassion & Choices is confident we can build the support needed to pass the legislation in the next session with your help.

In 2018 our Massachusetts medical team organized successful efforts that led the Massachusetts Medical Society to drop their opposition to “physician assisted suicide,” adopt  the term “medical aid in dying” and take a position of neutral engagement. Read the press release here.

Non-binding medical aid-in-dying resolutions were passed in four additional jurisdictions this year — Northampton, Amherst, Lexington and Falmouth — bringing the total including Cambridge and Provincetown to five. This is the result of hard work on the part of our volunteers and supporters.

Compassion & Choices participated at the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts Conference, Health Fairs, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the Massachusetts Council on Aging Conference and other events, building support for end-of-life options.

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