Gov. Deval Patrick voted for assisted suicide ballot question
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says his decision to vote for a ballot question that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill was motivated largely by personal considerations.
Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he supported the question after his experience with his mother at the end of her life. Patrick also pointed to the death of his grandmother some years earlier.
Patrick said he knew how important it was for his mother and grandmother to have some measure of control at the end of their lives, although he’s not sure they would have used the medication the question would have legalized.
Despite his support for the measure, which was narrowly defeated, Patrick didn’t appear to think the Legislature would act on the question. He said there are a lot of other priorities.