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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:22 PM

Gov. Mills signs bill to allow medication-assisted suicide

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Source: Portland Press Herald

AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills signed legislation Wednesday that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain prescriptions for lethal doses of drugs, making Maine the latest state to legalize medication-assisted suicide.

Mills signed the bill — called “death with dignity” by advocates — into law after days of speculation about how the Democratic governor would handle the controversial social issue. While supporters said the law gives dying patients a choice in their final months, opponents equated the measure to state-sanctioned suicide and warned of potential abuse

But Mills also signed an executive order directing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to begin emergency rulemaking and to closely track trends and practices as Mainers avail themselves of the law.

The bill, L.D. 1313, would allow terminally ill adults with less than six months of life expectancy to request a prescription for a lethal dose of medication. The individual would have to make the request verbally twice and once in writing as well as have the physical capability to take the medication on his or her own.

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Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/06/12/mills-signs-medication-assisted-suicide-bill/

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:28 PM

1. "opponents equated the measure to state-sanctioned suicide and warned of potential abuse"


Brought to you by the medical community that would miss out on all those unnecessary doctor appointments and the pharmy nazis that wouldn't be able to sell all those unnecessary, expensive drugs...Neither that would extend the life of terminally ill patients...A fucking self serving bunch of blood suckers...Our big hospital "care givers"...who love our money..

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:12 PM

4. that end of life care can bring in the big bucks, too.

go full bore, icu, chemo till the last day, coupla codes.
yup. show me the money.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:31 PM

2. Good for Governor Mills! This is the humane stance.

The folks hollering about potential abuse always holler about that. I have not seen any reports of people being forced to commit suicide.

The regulations stated here are much like the ones that Oregon has.

We all need the freedom to choose this end. It is a question of choice.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 03:47 AM

7. Death with dignity

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:55 PM

3. K&R

We need to have the option available to people. In some cases it's a very humane way of dealing with end of life circumstances and people in extreme pain. Hopefully more states will follow Oregon's lead in this.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:13 PM

5. the paradoxical thing about this,

is that people often stick around much longer than they thought they would, because they can choose their own time.

same w people in hospice. the peace of palliative care makes it easier on everyone. less stress. more life.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 12:51 AM

6. one of the reasons we moved back to OR

if i'm fucked, i don't want to live with pain and causing family to suffer along with me, while draining every dollar we already don't have.

this page has a good explanation of the idea of it.

https://compassionandchoices.org/about-us/medical-aid-dying-not-assisted-suicide/

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 12:30 PM

8. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

Not important news of national interest. Please repost in GD.

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