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Group: Mass. Patient Suicide Measure Clears Ballot Hurdle

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Editor's Note: An error in an earlier version of this story said the Massachusetts Medical Society opposes the ballot question. The Massachusetts Medical Society has not taken any position on the proposed ballot measure.

Backers of a ballot question that would let terminally ill patients self-administer life-ending drugs are saying they've cleared a major hurdle to get the measure on next year's ballot.

The Dignity 2012 coalition say they've submitted more than 86,000 certified signatures to the secretary of state's office, well above the approximately 69,000 required.

Supporters say the measure will give terminally ill patients greater peace of mind, choice and control in their final days of life.

The Massachusetts Medical Society last weekend reaffirmed its policy opposing physician-assisted suicide, at the same time supporting patient dignity and the alleviation of pain and suffering at the end of life. It hasn't taken a position on the ballot question.

Other questions that could be headed to the 2012 ballot would let people with debilitating medical conditions use marijuana, require auto manufacturers to share diagnostic information with independent repair shops, and create a new teacher evaluation system.

This program aired on December 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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