physician-assisted suicide

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine, the state with the oldest residents, is weighing a bill to allow adults with a terminal disease to ask for a fatal dose of prescription drugs. The Senate tabled the bill Wednesday.

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.
 

The Maine Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that will allow people with a terminal illness to decide when to end their life.

If it's enacted, Maine would join five states and the District of Columbia with laws described by supporters as death with dignity, and by opponents as physician-assisted suicide.