Maine Senate defeats assisted suicide bill

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Maine Senate defeated assisted suicide bill LD 1270 this morning by a vote of 18 - 17. LD 1270, would have legalized assisted suicide based on the Vermont assisted suicide law

The bill was also defeated (7 - 6) in the Maine Health and Human Services Committee which held hearings on May 15.

Disability Rights Maine, the American Nurses Association Maine, the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Hospice Council, theMaine Right to Life, the American Cancer Society Action Network, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland the Maine Osteopathic Association, were among the many groups to oppose the assisted suicide bill.

Diane Coleman, from the disability rights group - Not Dead Yet, recently published an article titled:Why disability rights advocates oppose assisted suicide.

The Maine House overwhelmingly defeated an assisted suicide bill in May 2013.

With the defeat of Bill LD 1270, Maine can not reconsider legalizing assisted suicide for the rest of this two year legislative session.