Maine

On Monday, June 3, 2013 Maine’s doctor-prescribed suicide bill, LD 1065, An Act for Patient-directed Care at the End of Life, sponsored by Rep. Joe Brooks of Winterport, ME, was soundly defeated in the Maine Legislature.
On May 31, 2013, the Maine House of Representatives voted 95-43 to support the Committee Majority Report of OUGHT NOT TO PASS, following some emotional testimony on both sides.  On June 3, 2013, the Maine Senate approved the Majority Report of OUGHT NOT TO PASS with no floor discussion.

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Current Maine Law
A person is guilty of aiding or soliciting suicide if he intentionally aids or solicits another to commit suicide, and the other commits or attempts suicide. (MRSA title 17-A, § 204)

Background
In 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999 legislative proposals to legalize assisted suicide were introduced.  All of them failed.  In November 2000, the “Maine Death with Dignity Act” — a measure that was virtually identical to Oregon’s assisted-suicide law — appeared on the Maine ballot.  On November 7, 2000, despite campaigning by Oregon’s governor for it, Maine voters said NO to Oregon-style assisted suicide.

Analysis of November 2000 Voter Initiative

Text of November 2000 “Death with Dignity Act”

Maine targeted to promote national right-to-die agenda
In 2000, assisted suicide activists from around the country poured funds into the Maine initiative campaign.

In 2013, a doctor-prescribed suicide bill was proposed in the Maine legislature.
On Monday, June 3, 2013, the bill, LD 1065, An Act for Patient-directed Care at the End of Life, sponsored by Rep. Joe Brooks of Winterport, ME, was soundly defeated.
On May 31, 2013, the Maine House of Representatives voted 95-43 to support the Committee Majority Report of OUGHT NOT TO PASS, following some emotional testimony on both sides.  On June 3, 2013, the Maine Senate approved the Majority Report of OUGHT NOT TO PASS with no floor discussion.
Text of LD 1065
ANALYSIS OF LD 1065

Articles

“Bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide has troubling aspects”
(Lewiston Sun Journal — April 28, 2013)
For someone dealing with a new diagnosis without proper supports,trying to navigate the bureaucracy while trying to obtain mobility devices or other items critical to daily living, one can see how vulnerable patients may see assisted suicide as an easier choice.