Euthanasia Bills Sink in Tasmania and MaineBy Xaver Symons
BioEdge.com; May 28, 2017
The debate in Maine was fierce, with surprisingly strong support coming from Republican representatives in the parliament.
The bill was sponsored by Republican Senator Roger Katz of Augusta, who has been a longstanding proponent of state-sanctioned assisted dying. “People have the right to make medical decisions for themselves and also have the right to refuse treatment”, Katz told reporters.
Yet the majority of the House disagreed, with the bill voted down 85-61. “My conscience tells me that this is the wrong direction for a variety of reasons,” said Democrat Representative Gay Grant, who strongly opposes euthanasia. “This is not a partisan issue. It is a human issue.”
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