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Legislation allowing public financing of abortions for poor Mainers, a measure that would allow what supporters call “death with dignity” and the repeal of exemptions to vaccine requirements could all go to the voters for their decision.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a contentious bill that will allow some terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication.

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After an hour of emotional debate, the Maine Senate Thursday voted for a measure that would allow some terminally-ill patients to request life-ending medication.

Scores of people lined up to testify on legislation that will allow some terminally-ill patients to request life-ending medication. Unlike many bills before the legislature, this issue is not partisan — it is intensely personal.

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For the third time in four years, Maine lawmakers will consider a bill that will allow some terminally-ill patients to request life-ending medication.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage clarified his stance on assisted suicide during a radio appearance in which he said he's still against a measure to make the practice legal in the state.
 
LePage, a Republican, said earlier this week that he would veto a bill moving through the Legislature that would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients hasten their own deaths. He said on WGAN-AM on Thursday that the reason he opposes the proposal is because he doesn't think it's a "government issue.''
 

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HARBORSIDE, Maine - The national debate over assisted suicide has gained increased attention since a 29-year-old Oregon woman with brain cancer ended her life with legally-prescribed medication last November.