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Minnesotans overwhelmingly support medical aid in dying.

By Rebecca Thoman, M.D., Campaign Manager for Doctors for Dignity

Minnesotans overwhelmingly support medical aid in dying.

A survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in September 2016 shows that a broad majority of Minnesotans (73%) support legislation to authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults (including 55% who strongly support). In contrast, only 22% oppose it. The breadth of the support for this legislation is striking. Majorities are found among every demographic sector tested: age, geographic region and religious affiliation.

Of special note is the fact that support for medical aid in dying crosses political party lines as well with 87 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Independents and 53 percent of Republicans in favor. And a majority of Minnesota Catholics (71 percent) support medical aid in dying, despite opposition from the Catholic Church and other allied organizations.

These findings are reinforced by the 2016 Minnesota State Fair Polls in which 68 percent of those surveyed answered “yes” to this question: When a mentally competent adult is dying from an incurable and irreversible medical condition that is expected to end the individual’s life within six months, do you think this individual should be allowed to obtain from a physician a prescription for medication that may be self-administered to end that person’s life?

The people have spoken. Now lawmakers must listen.