Dozens turn out to testify on two Maine assisted suicide bills

Dozens turn out to testify on two Maine assisted suicide bills

Dozens of people turned out Wednesday to argue for and against a pair of bills that would allow Maine doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to those suffering from terminal illness.

One proposal, sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, and announced in a news conference Tuesday at the State House, is similar to a law passed by Vermont in 2013. It’s also similar to a bill that was rejected narrowly by the Maine Legislature in 2015. The other bill, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Parker, D-South Berwick, is similar and would allow a doctor to prescribe and a patient to self-administer a lethal medication to end the patient’s life.

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