Reuters: Massachusetts Top Court Appears Open to Legalizing Medically Assisted Suicide

March 09, 2022

Justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Court seemed open to legalizing medically assisted suicide after hearing arguments over why the state had interest in preventing Roger Kligler, a 70 year-old retired physician with prostate cancer, from being prescribed a lethal drug to end his life. Kligler is appealing a judge’s 2019 ruling that rejected the notion that, in such cases, manslaughter charges should not apply to doctors and that a patient's liberty and equal protection rights protect the practice under the Massachusetts constitution. Kligler’s attorney, John Kappos of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, said that Kligler “realizes his illness will overcome him eventually, and he does not want to endure unbearable suffering.”

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