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Maura Healey Voices Support For Physician-Assisted Suicide

December 23, 2022

After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that there is no right to physician-assisted suicide in the Massachusetts Constitution this week, governor-elect Maura Healey expressed her support for legalizing the practice.

Healey is the current attorney general of Massachusetts. The attorney general’s office served as the defendant in the Kligler v. Healey case, arguing that nothing in the state constitution grants a right to physician-assisted suicide in the state.

However, Healey sees no problem with the state passing a law legalizing it.

“It’s a really challenging and heart-rending issue, obviously, for so many,” Healey said Tuesday, December 20 according to GBH News. “What I have said and what I think should happen is that the Legislature should do the work, have the hearings and figure out the best guide rails to put in place when it comes to this.”

A statewide ballot question trying to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Massachusetts failed 51 percent to 49 percent in November 2012.

 

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