Assisted suicide not right for Maine

On Wednesday, April 5, the Maine Legislature will have public hearings on two nearly identical pieces of legislation dealing with physician-assisted suicide. LD 347 and LD 1066 are versions of the same bill that Maine voters have consistently said no to as far back as 1995 in the Legislature and by a sizable margin when it went to referendum in 2000. Maine voters have been very consistent in their opposition to any “death with dignity” bill, and no bill has made it out of the subcommittee with an “ought to pass” vote.

Out-of-state interests, and their money, as well as Maine legislators, focused on their own political agendas or fundraising, keep this pathetic excuse for a bill continuously reintroduced, sometimes with different catch phrases, but with the same deadly intent.

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