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Backers Push Doctor-Assisted Suicide Measure In Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - Groups fighting to give terminally ill people the right to physician-assisted suicide in Maine are launching a petition drive to force a statewide referendum on the issue.
 
The Bangor Daily News reports that Westport Island resident Valerie Lynn Lovelace is spearheading a push to enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.
 
The act would allow certain adults to request a prescription for the purpose of ending their lives.
 
But before a prescription, patients would face a process that includes waiting periods, a series of requests by the patient and a second opinion.
 
A Republican senator's physician-assisted suicide bill this year garnered a 16-15 vote of support in the Senate but failed 85-61 in the House.
 
The Secretary of State's office says the petition drive is still in an application stage.