LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
The Maine Senate has given preliminary approval to a controversial bill that would allow physicians to prescribe terminally ill adults life-ending drugs.
Under the proposal, an individual with a life-expectancy of six months or less would follow a procedure that includes a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two verbal requests. Physicians would screen patients to help ensure that their judgment is not impaired, The Associated Press reports.
The Senate vote on the bill was 19-16 on Thursday.
If passed, Maine would become the eighth state with such a law.
The bill, LD 1313, still faces additional votes in both chambers.
BREAKING NEWS: #ME Senate PASSES LD 1313 #Maine DeathwithDignity Act 19 to 16. Back to the House for enactment and then to Gov. Mills for signature. #aidindying #AGoodDeathforME pic.twitter.com/q69h1Fitqp
— Death with Dignity (@DeathwDignity) May 30, 2019