Thursday, June 20, 2019
Maine has paased a law legalizing medical aid in dying. Maine Becomes 8th State to Legalize Assisted Suicide notes that the governor signed the law last week, The votes in both the Maine House and Senate were close. The Maine law is similar to that in effect in several other states.
The Maine Governor "issued an executive order ... calling for the state to swiftly put the law’s protections into place and analyze the law’s impact." As she explained
For all of these concerns as well however, I have also issued Executive Order Number Nine, which requires the Department of Health and Human Services to engage in Emergency Substantive Rulemaking within the next few months.
The broad purposes of this Executive Order will be to provide a high level of protection for those in care and those who shall be in care; to track trends in the utilization of the law; to pursue our responsibility for end of life care; and to avoid the moral and social consequences of a law that in some way might facilitate the taking of life without the full authority of the individual.