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Backers of Mass. assisted suicide measure concede

Question 2 backers Allegra Harris, Miriam Baker, Clark Baker, and Brittney Jones tracked vote results in Waltham.
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Question 2 backers Allegra Harris, Miriam Baker, Clark Baker, and Brittney Jones tracked vote results in Waltham.

Supporters of a ballot question legalizing physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill in Massachusetts have conceded defeat, even though the vote is too close to call.

A spokesman for the Death With Dignity Act campaign said in a statement early Wednesday that ‘‘regrettably, we fell short.’’

With 93 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, opponents of the measure were ahead by about 38,000 votes.

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If passed, Massachusetts would become the third state to allow terminally ill patients to get help from their doctors to end their lives with lethal doses of medication.

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Religious, medical and disability rights groups fought the measure, saying it’s open to manipulation and relies on diagnoses that could be wrong.

A call to an opposition group, The Committee Against Physician Assisted Suicide, was not immediately returned Wednesday.