MAINE IS EIGHTH STATE TO LE­GAL­IZE AS­SISTED SUI­CIDE

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Au­gusta, Maine — Maine le­gal­ized med­i­cally as­sisted sui­cide on Wed­nes­day, becoming the eighth state to al­low ter­mi­nally ill peo­ple to end their lives with pre­scribed medication.

Demo­cratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had pre­vi­ously said she was un­sure about the bill, signed it in her of­fice.

“It is my hope that this law, while re­spect­ing the right to per­sonal liberty, will be used spar­ingly,” said Mills.

Ore­gon was the first state to le­gal­ize such as­sis­tance, in 1997, and it took over a decade for the next state, Wash­ing­ton, to fol­low suit. While still con­tro­ver­sial, as­sisted sui­cide leg­is­la­tion is win­ning in­creas­ing ac­cep­tance in the United States, and this year at least 18 states con­sid­ered such mea­sures.

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