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.
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.
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.