Maine House Votes Down Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide in the state.

“There is no life on Earth without pain and suffering,” said Rep. Roger Reed, R-Carmel. “Life is a gift from God regardless of its circumstances.”

LD 347, introduced by Sen. Robert Katz, R-Augusta, allowed those diagnosed with a terminal illness to request that their doctor write a prescription that would “hasten [their] death.”

The bill required physicians to inform the patient of all of their options, including the provision of palliative care, hospice care and pain control. He or she would also be mandated to include in the patient’s record that the information had been provided orally and in writing, as well as a notation that the person could live longer than estimated.

“With regard to a patient who is a resident or inpatient in a healthcare facility, the facility may adopt a policy that prohibits a health care provider from issuing a prescription to the patient for medication or providing medication that the health care provider knows the patient intends to self-administer in a lethal dose while in the health care facility,” the bill also read.

While Gov. Paul LePage had already vowed to veto the legislation should it make it to his desk, lawmakers proceeded to bring the matter up for a vote anyway.

“I think this proposal has been thoughtfully crafted and allows the peace of mind that we can have control over our own life,” said Rep. Christopher Babbidge, D-Kennebunk. “Just as you and I have control today, we don’t surrender it at the end of life. It’s about freedom.”

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But Rep. Chad Wayne Grignon, R-Athens, who himself has been diagnosed with cancer, said that giving people the option to end their lives can negatively affect their will to fight and live.

“Ten years ago, most cancers, including the one I now have, was a death sentence,” he stated, according to the Portland Press Herald. “Today, with technology, those [prospects] are changing. We come into this world in pain, screaming and fighting for air. I believe this is part of the natural order. I plan on leaving without a government-sanctioned option of leaving early.”

The bill was voted down 85-61.

As previously reported, in Hawaii, Democratic Sen. Breene Harimoto shared a similar story of how it would have been too tempting to end it all in the midst of his own devastating cancer diagnosis, but faith and hope carried him through. His cancer is now in remission.

“Thinking back on this experience, I wonder what anyone who is given six months or less to live would do with those death pills,” Harimoto said. “It would be too easy and tempting in a moment of weakness and despair to reach for the pills to end it all. I’m glad I didn’t have those pills when I was suffering so much or I wouldn’t be here today.”

Harimoto said that aid in dying bills have a “misplaced sense of compassion.”

Psalm 68:20 reads, “He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.”

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  • Judy Zwyghuizen

    If they would let us have access to the cure’s we wouldn’t need this @ all but I don’t believe in assisted suicide this is just as bad as abortion it’s helping MURDERing then you would be held accountable in the eye’s of our maker when Judgement come’s how can you answer to that????

    • TheLastHonestLawyer

      What cures? As good as our medical sciences are, there are some things that we can’t cure, or catch too late. I watch pancreatic cancer kill my father. It took 18 excruciating months, the last six of which he was in constant pain, unable to stand, unable to read, and could only sleep by being drugged. Had he the option, he could have ended his life on his own terms.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      That’s not the government’s problem. If people want to die and are willing to take the risk of angering God when they do, that’s their choice.

  • james blue

    I pray you never have to face a painful terminal illness, but if you do the choice of how to proceed, whatever that choice may be, should be yours. We have the right to determine our own destiny and that right is being violated.

    • TheLastHonestLawyer

      Exactly. California now has a Death with Dignity law. It is ironclad in its requirements for the patient to be the one requesting the end.

      • Ben Welliver

        You girls all think just alike.

        • TheLastHonestLawyer

          OK, and your point is?

      • Amos Moses

        “Death with Dignity law”

        what a lie ….. there is no such thing ……….. death is messy ….. it is supposed to be ….

        • TheLastHonestLawyer

          That’s a pretty sick view to have. Do you object to palliative care for the dying as well? Do you think the terminally ill should be forced to suffer?

          All these laws mean is that you will have control over your life. I you choose to keep fighting to the last breath, good for you. I’m with you on that. Well, at the moment. Having seen my father spend the last six months of his life in constant pain, drugged to the gills, and unable to leave his bed for any reason, I might change my mind and choose to die on my schedule. Or not. I won’y know for certain until I’m faced with that choice.

          Why are you so determined to control what other people do with their bodies?

          • Amos Moses

            it is reality ….. it is sick to think you can pass a law to somehow “make it dignified” ………..

          • TheLastHonestLawyer

            Could you possibly, for once, answer a question? Why are you so determined to control what other people do with their bodies? What about personal freedom terrifies you so much? Nobody will make you choose an early exit, so why can’y you stand that others might make a choice you disagree with?

          • Amos Moses

            ummmmm … well mostly ….. it lacks any truthfulness ….. BTW …… DEATH ……. really lacks any “personal freedom” ……….. so your entire proposition is a lie ……………

          • Parodyx

            Do you possess even a single ounce of compassion? What on earth is wrong with easing pain?

          • Amos Moses

            “easing pain” …… another euphemism for murder ……… sophistry and casuistry ……. /SMH …… just more lies ………..

          • Parodyx

            No, murder is when you kill someone against their will. Assisted suicide is when a person who is already going to die requests that it be carried out in a way that doesn’t prolong agony. It’s a very odd set of morals you have.

          • Amos Moses

            No ….. murder is the taking of a life one second before they should have died …………. if a person jumps off a building ….. and while falling another person shoots them out of a window and kills them before they hit the ground ….. STILL MURDER ………

          • Parodyx

            Assisted suicide is when the person is already dying and wants to do so on their own terms, minimizing pain and maximizing dignity. It has nothing to do with suicide.

          • Trilemma

            If you’re against someone dying before they should have, are you also against someone dying after they should have? If someone commits suicide, isn’t their death exactly at the point in time that God decreed?

          • Amos Moses

            sure ….. but men do not get to make that choice ….. it is a sin to do so ….. and God will hold that decision of theirs to account ….. again …… God gave that person total freedom to choose and God would not interfere as His decree ….. so the only person responsibile is the person committing the act ……… and that person follows the intent of their hearts which is to be wicked and evil on a continuous basis …………

        • Trilemma

          “……. death is messy ….. it is supposed to be ….”

          Who says it’s supposed to be messy? Is there a Bible verse that says this? Why do some people die peacefully in their sleep with no suffering but others must endure excruciating pain?

          • Amos Moses

            because God decrees it …….. but it still leaves a mess ….. and it does not have to say it in scripture ….. just is ………..

          • TheLastHonestLawyer

            Wait, “because God decrees it” but it does not say so in scripture? So where do you get this, or are you making things up?

            Are you against capital punishment? The military? Arming the police with lethal force? Private ownership of lethal weapons?

            Do you oppose palliative care? The practice of easing the pain of those in end-stage illnesses? Do you oppose the use of anesthetics in general?

            Answer some questions, please.

          • Amos Moses

            wow ….. big scatter gun you have ………

          • TheLastHonestLawyer

            Evasion noted. So I’ll cut it down to one.

            If you truly believe that God intended death to be “messy” (and I’d still like a source for that claim) do you oppose palliative care? The practice of easing the pain of those in end-stage illnesses?

            To be specific, a loved one of yours is dying of bone cancer, and has reached end stage disease. They have six months or less to live. The disease is agonizing, your loved one is in constant, never ending pain. It’s messy.

            Would you oppose treatment to alleviate that person’s pain? Treatment that might leave them nearly unconscious most of the time?

            Yes or no.

  • Vince

    Good for them. Human beings should never be regarded as disposable or expendable.

    • TheLastHonestLawyer

      Human beings should control their own destinies, including having the power to end their suffering.

      I take it you support disbanding out military? After all, if you think that humans should never be regarded as disposable or expendable, you must be against the waste of young lives in war, right?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Good! Sinners desire evils even for themselves. Consent means nothing in deciding what is right and wrong in a society. Ethical standard is outside of humans – self’s wishes. The Holy Bible is the standard of everything. People should cherish life and seek purity and never be forced to support the culture’s immorality. Freedom is for living out the True and Good – the Word of God – even when life is difficult. People need Jesus Christ for salvation, the new life.

  • Nidalap

    Yeah…they say things like “Death with dignity” but, when dealing with government bureaucrats, I can’t help but think they’re just interested in removing drains on their precious healthcare system…

    • Chris

      Well then raise the taxes to put more money into the health system. Then there won’t be any such pressure.

  • Jason Todd

    Please don’t tell me there are people in here defending this.

    • V-Ball

      Absolutely. These are people who don’t value human life, so naturally they’re in favorite of abortion and assisting people to die.

  • ZappaSaid88

    So the Christians in the legislature use their personal beliefs to deny rights to others who don’t share their beliefs. I wouldn’t expect anything else.