Thursday, June 13, 2019

Maine legalizes medically assisted suicide

Maine legalized medically assisted suicide, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication, reported The Associated Press.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office.
“It is my hope that this law, while respecting the right to personal liberty, will be used sparingly,” said Mills.
Oregon was the first state to legalize such assistance, in 1997, and it took over a decade for the next state, Washington, to follow suit. While still controversial, assisted suicide legislation is winning increasing acceptance in the United States, and this year at least 18 states considered such measures.
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