LePage on 'Death With Dignity' Bills: 'I Just Don't Believe In It'

Apr 18, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says he will veto any of several pending bills designed to allow people with a terminal illness to decide when to end their life.

Lawmakers are considering two similar bills. In an appearance on WVOM Radio in Bangor, LePage vowed to veto such legislation.

“Here we are talking death with dignity and, you know we’re sitting there - human beings passing judgment of who should live and who should die," LePage said. "I just, I just don’t believe in it.”

Two years ago, a similar measure failed in the state Senate by a single vote. LePage’s veto threat sets a much higher threshold for supporters, who will need to garner a two-thirds vote in both branches of the Legislature to overcome it.