On January 8, 2019, medical aid-in-dying legislation (HD 171) was introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature by Representative Louis L. Kafka and Senator William N. Brownsberger with a combined 63 cosponsors. The End of Life Option Act has been referred to the committee on Public Health.
A companion bill (S 1208) was introduced in the Senate by Senator William Brownsberger on January 14, 2019.
The Compassion & Choices Massachusetts team is meeting with legislators at the State Hous to build support for this important legislation and will continue to do so through the 2019-2020 legislative session.
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.
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 in 2017 — 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.