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Mass. voters say no to assisted suicide

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley chats with voters at a local polling place near the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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BOSTON -- After months of working to defeat Question 2 that would have legalized physician assisted suicide in Massachusetts, opponents reacted to the measure's apparent defeat Nov. 7.

As of press time, the ballot count stood at 1,496,291 opposed to 1,437,737 in favor of the proposal, with 99 percent reporting. Proponents of the bill at the Death with Dignity Campaign also conceded defeat in a statement released publicly early in the morning on Nov. 7.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said in a statement, "Tuesday's vote demonstrates that the people of the commonwealth recognize that the common good was best served in defeating Question 2. The Campaign Against Physician Assisted Suicide brought together a diverse coalition from medical, disability rights and interfaith communities, all dedicated to ensuring that our residents were well informed about this issue."

The cardinal called for the medical community to move forward in providing medical support for patients, rather than helping them end their lives.

"Our society must continue to work with hospice organizations and other palliative care providers to improve the care provided to the terminally ill. Patients are best served when the medical professionals, families and loved ones provide support and care with dignity and respect," he said.

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