Title

"Cover Story" piece on the Maine Death with Dignity Act, which Maine voters will

Authors

Allen Dammann

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

6-22-2000

Pages

8-11, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on the Maine Death with Dignity Act, which Maine voters will consider when they go to the polls on November 7. An almost identical act has been in place in Oregon since October 1997. Supporting the act is a group called Mainers for Death with Dignity, and opposing it is a group called Maine Citizens Against the Dangers of Physician-Assisted Suicide. On behalf of the administration of Gov. Angus King, Dr. Dora Mills, director of the Maine Bureau of Health has testified before a legislative committee against implementing the Death with Dignity Act. Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association in Augusta, also sees dire consequences in the bill's passage. With anecdotes, statistics and a list of what opponents view as the top 10 dangers of the act, followed by a response to each by proponents.

Subjects

Assisted-suicide, Referendums (State)

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