Although the “Death with Dignity” ballot question has so far generated little fanfare, Massachusetts voters in November will confront a decision with far-reaching ethical, medical, and personal repercussions: Should physicians be allowed to prescribe drugs to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives? Local and national organizations have taken sides on Question 2. Since 1997, the option has been available in Oregon. Washington voters passed a similar initiative in 2008.
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