- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are again set to consider legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide.

Democratic Rep. Patricia Hymanson’s bill was scheduled for a Wednesday hearing.

Supporters are collecting signatures to put such an effort on the ballot. Similar legislation passed the Senate in 2017 but died in the House.

The latest bill would allow patients with terminal illnesses to ask for a fatal dosage of prescription drugs. Patients would need to follow a procedure that includes two waiting periods, a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two oral requests.

Physicians would also screen patients for conditions like depression that could impair judgment.

Health care providers could prohibit employees from participating in the law. The bill would criminalize the act of coercing a person into requesting such medications.

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