Maine (2019-)

Assisted suicide will become legal in Maine from 17 September 2019.

The Maine Death With Dignity Act is essentially modelled on the Oregon and Washington laws. It passed the House by just one vote (73-72) and the Senate by 19-16 before being signed by the Governor on 12 June 2019.

Minimal reporting?

Section 17 of the Act requires an annual statistical report to be issued based on reports from attending physicians. The Department of Health and Human Services has been required by the Governor to make emergency rules for reporting requirements “without delay”.

Conclusion

As these rules have not yet been made and Maine’s experiment with assisted suicide is yet to begin it is unclear how much data will be reported. In any case all the flaws identified in the schemes in place in Oregon and Washington also apply for Maine.


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