“Death With Dignity” Bill Has Passed In Maine For Terminal Patients
Medically assisted suicide may become a choice for Mainers suffering from a terminal illness, and join eight other states with a similar law.
There are systems in place to make sure that patients are making a lucid and informed choice:
- The terminal patient must be within six months of dying to be eligible.
- One written and two verbal requests must be made.
- The person has to be able to administer the fatal dose of medication themselves.
- Two doctors must confirm that the patient meets the law's requirements.
- There is a 15 day waiting period.
- The death certificate must name the illness as the underlying cause of death.
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