- Maine will be the ninth jurisdiction in the U.S. to legalize the life-destroying procedure of assisted suicide.
- That’s because Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, today signed the bill into law.
- New Jersey passed a similar law in April.
- Assisted suicide also is legal in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Washington D.C.
The bill narrowly passed the Maine legislature with the Senate voting 19-16 on Tuesday and the House voting 73-72 on Monday. The legislation would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness. It also claims the practice is not suicide, and activists call the measure “death with dignity.” But a number of medical, disability rights and pro-life groups have major concerns with the legislation. Matt Valliere, executive director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, said the bill puts disadvantaged Maine residents […]