Maine Death with Dignity established a Political Action Committee (PAC) in 2017 to pass a death with dignity statute in the state of Maine. On June 12, 2019, Governor Janet Mills signed LD 1313 into law. This success was achieve through five years of determined grassroots and legislative efforts in Maine, with support from the Death with Dignity National Center in Oregon.
The Maine Death with Dignity Act will allow adult residents of Maine who are competent and have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with 6 months or fewer to live to obtain prescription medication to hasten their death in a peaceful manner at the time and place of their choosing.
Similar laws have been in place in Oregon (since 1997), Washington (2008), Vermont (2013), California (2016), Colorado (2016), and Washington, D.C. (2017). A similar statute passed in Hawaii and became available to residents of that state in 2019. Since then, New Jersey and Maine have joined the list of states protecting end-of-life liberty for competent, terminally ills adults who qualify.
In a combined 40 years of experience, these laws, which contain a number of safeguards, have provided peace of mind to dying Americans without any flaws or abuse.