At its June 2012 meeting, the NASW MA Chapter Board of Directors voted to support the Death with Dignity Ballot Initiative which will appear on the November 2012 Ballot. After close scrutiny, comprehensive research, thorough discussions and presentations from opponents and proponents of the initiative, the Board sided with the proponents. The basis for this decision lay in Social Work’s principles of self-determination, patient choice and autonomy. Massachusetts is now the 4th NASW Chapter in the country (after Hawaii, Oregon, Washington State and Montana) to support the Death with Dignity Initiative.
Carol J. Trust