Maine became the eighth state in the United States to legalize medically assisted suicide after the democratic government. Janet Mills signed the bill in law on Wednesday.
The state house passed the bill with only one vote 73-72 on Monday and the senate dirty the bill 19-16 on Tuesday despite both chambers being controlled by democrats.
The new law, called the Death Death Act, has been proposed several times in Maine but failed with a parliamentary election and seven times in Congress. It defines "terminal disease" as an incalculable and likely cause of a person's death within six months.
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Doctors will be required to have a second medical opinion and have requested at least twice orally and once in writing from patients before patients can be administered lethal doses of lifelong drug. Patients would also be screened for depression or other conditions that may impair their judgment when determining their fate.
"The possibility of a person with a healthy soul facing impending death to avoid further suffering is seen purely as an act of personal freedom, a decision that the government should not interfere with," Mills said in a statement on Wednesday that justifies its decision to sign the bill.
"The public policy of health personnel leaves those who are already struggling to gain access to health care – the poor, the terminally ill, people with disabilities, people of advanced age and those living in remote areas – with one much more risk of abuse, coercion and error, says Fox Valliere, CEO of Patients Rights Action Fund, on Fox News on Thursday. 19659003] Law Enforcement Against Patient Abuse and Abuse by Doctors by Criminalizing Forced One to Request Assistant Suicide or Forging a Lifelong Medication Request.  CLICK HERE FOR FOX NEWS APP
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey and Washington, DC, all have similar laws for medically assisted suicide in their states, according to the National Center of Death with Dignity and Political Fund for Death with Dignity.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.