Massachusetts Voters to Decide on "Death With Dignity" Question

Vote on whether the terminally ill should be able to end their own life


BOSTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) — Massachusetts voters will decide in November whether terminally ill patients should have the option to end their own lives.

The "Death with Dignity" ballot question would allow people nearing the end of life because of sickness to request a prescription for a lethal dose of a drug, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Patients with six months or less to live would have to request the prescription three times from their doctor—twice verbally and once in writing. They would have to take the drug themselves and be deemed capable of making an informed decision.