BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that would let doctors prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally-ill patients in Massachusetts is heading to a public hearing.
The bill would require the patient to have an illness which can reasonably be expected to cause death within six months. The patient must self-administer the drug.
The request must be made in writing and be witnessed by two individuals — as least one of whom isn’t a relative or someone who would inherit any part of the patient’s estate.
The bill is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before the Public Health Committee.
Voters rejected a similar ballot question in 2012.
22News State House Reporter Tiffany Chan is covering the story today, and will have reaction to the proposal from lawmakers who will ultimately decide the issue.