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Aid in Dying Supporters Hopeful for Floor Vote

Compassion and Choices northeast regional advocacy director Melissa Stacy (left), pictured alongside Rep. Ted Philips at a virtual legislative briefing Tuesday, said 85 Massachusetts lawmakers have cosponsored legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to request and receive medication to end their lives, more than in any other state legislature across the country. [Screenshot]

Buoyed by what they describe as the highest number of lawmakers in support in any state legislature, backers of a long-debated, controversial bill legalizing medical aid in dying say they are optimistic the measure will emerge this session for its first-ever vote in the House or Senate.

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