Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Maine: Reject LD 347 & LD 1066

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•  LD 347 & LD 1066 apply to people with years or decades to live.

• Enacting either bill will encourage people with years or decades to live to throw away their lives.

• The bills are sold as providing a voluntary patient choice, but don’t even have a requirement of  voluntariness or consent when the lethal dose is administered.

• Assisting persons can have their own agendas: an adult child wanting an inheritance; a financial predator seeking financial gain; or a doctor wanting to hide malpractice.

• Administration of the lethal dose is allowed to occur in private without a doctor or witness present. If the patient objected or even struggled, who would know?

• Enactment will create the perfect crime to put older people in the cross hairs of their heirs and other predators.

• Elder abuse is already a not well controlled problem. Passing either bill will make the situation worse.

• Physician-assisted suicide, even where voluntary, can be traumatic for patients and families.

Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA
Law Offices of Margaret K.Dore
Choice is an Illusion, a nonprofit corporation
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Seattle, WA 98154
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