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Maine Legalizes Assisted Suicide for the Terminally Ill

Terminally ill patients living in Maine who want to end their lives through life-ending medication administered by a doctor can now do so thanks to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signing the Maine Death with Dignity Act. The act passed the state House by one vote and a slim margin in the state Senate.

The new legislation defines “terminal disease” as one that is incurable and will likely end in death within six months. The law requires that the ill patient must be 18, must undergo two waiting periods, and must obtain a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two verbal requests. Physicians would screen patients for issues like depression that could impair judgment. And, finally, the law would make it illegal to force someone into requesting life-ending medication as well as forging a request for lethal medication.

“Assisted suicide is a dangerous public policy that puts the most vulnerable people in society at risk for abuse, coercion, and mistakes. It also provides profit-driven insurance companies perverse incentives to offer a quick death, rather than costly continuing quality care,” Matt Valliere, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, said.

Maine is now the eighth state to make assisted suicide legal, joining California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in legalizing the procedure.

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Planned Parenthood Ad Uses Term ‘Slay’ and Lies to Gain Supporters

Hollywood director Joss Whedon, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers, recently created a short film called “Unlocked” as part of an ad campaign for Planned Parenthood that portrays the supposedly grim lives of three different women without the abortion giant. The ad campaign calls pro-abortion supporters to use their “super powers to slay.”

While Whedon’s “Unlocked” video promotes Planned Parenthood’s health care services like cancer screenings, STD education, and birth control pills, research by pro-life organization Live Action reveals that Planned Parenthood ultimately provides very little in what could be deemed women’s health services, while the number of abortions they perform continues to increase.

Writes ADF’s Marissa Mayer, “Women will not die if Planned Parenthood closes its doors. It is misleading, irresponsible, and frankly, dangerous, to try to convince women otherwise.”

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School Worker in Maine Warned Not to Share Faith

Augusta (Maine) School Department worker Toni Richardson was reprimanded for privately telling a coworker who goes to her church that she would pray for him while they were on school property. She was ordered not to make any “reference to [her] spiritual or religious beliefs” and that doing so could lead to disciplinary action or even job loss.

Richardson, through First Liberty Institute, has filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission based on religious discrimination and retaliation.

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