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Vt. group touts Mass. results on assisted death

Associated Press Published: November 10, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont group that opposes allowing terminally ill patients to request a doctor's aid in dying says the defeat this week in Massachusetts of a similar proposal was the correct step to take.

Bay State voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative calling for what supporters call death with dignity and opponents call physician-assisted suicide.

Mary Hahn-Beerworth of the Vermont Right-to-Life Committee says the measure being defeated in Massachusetts by a margin of 51 to 49 percent came after weeks of organizing and campaigning by groups representing the disabled, the Massachusetts Medical Society, hospice and others.

The Vermont Senate defeated a similar measure in April, but it is expected to surface again.