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Maine became the eighth state to legalize in the United States to medically assisted suicide, after democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill into law on Wednesday.
The state house of representatives passed the bill with only one vote, 73-72, and on Monday, the Senate narrowly the bill, 19-16 controlled, on Tuesday, in spite of both chambers by Democrats.
The new law, known as the death With Dignity Act, which was proposed several times in Maine in a statewide vote, and seven times in Congress. It defines the “fatal disease” as one that is incurable and is likely to cause a person’s death within six months.
MAINE-ASSISTED-SUICIDE BILL REACHES GOVERNOR’S DESK; WOULD BE 8. STATE TO LEGALIZE THE OPTION FOR TERMINALLY ILL
Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs a bill Wednesday that makes her allow the eighth state, terminally ill people end their lives with prescribed medication. (AP Photo/Marina Villeneuve)
Doctors are required to have a second medical opinion and can be administered to requests at least twice orally and once in writing by the patient prior to the patients lethal doses of life-ending drugs. Patients would also be reviewed to depression or other conditions impair your judgment in deciding your fate.
“The opportunity for someone with a clear mind the face of imminent death to avoid further suffering is seen by some purely as an act of personal freedom, a decision that the government should not interfere,” Mills said in a statement Wednesday, to justify their decision, the statement of the law.
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“Assisted suicide public policy leaves those who already struggle to access health care – the poor, the terminally ill, people with disabilities, the elderly, and those living in remote areas of life, — a much higher risk for abuse, coercion and mistake,” Matt Valliere, executive director of the patients Rights Action Fund, told Fox News on Thursday.
The law safeguards against patient action, and the doctor art miss errors due to the criminalisation of coercion to require someone who assisted suicide or forging a request for life-ending medication.
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California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey and Washington, DC, all have similar legislation for the medical assist Would be referenced suicide in their States, according to the death With the National Center and the death With Dignity Political Fund.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.