Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Against Medically-Assisted Death

  • “Although we recognize the paramount importance and profound significance of all end-of-life decisions, after careful consideration, we conclude that the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights does not reach so far as to protect physician-assisted suicide,” the Supreme Judicial Court wrote in its decision.
  • “We conclude as well that the law of manslaughter may prohibit physician-assisted suicide, and does so, without offending constitutional protections,” it added.
  • Multiple attempts have also been made in the state’s legislature to legalize medically-assisted death in Massachusetts, but no laws have reached a vote.
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