USA - Maine Votes to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Arno Froese

The Maine Legislature voted to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state’s tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate.

Maine’s bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication. The bill declares that obtaining or administering life-ending medication is not suicide under state law. Still, it effectively legalizes it.

Maine has the oldest average state population. But as in other states, the proposal has exposed divisions regardless of party line.

“I hope you will come down on the side of the terminally ill, people who don’t seem to be asking for too much: the right to choose their own end of life care,” said Republican Sen. Marianne Moore, a supporter who pointed to the bill’s pages of protections for terminally ill patients.

The legislation defines “terminal disease” as an “incurable and irreversible disease that has been medically confirmed and will, within reasonable medical judgment, produce death within 6 months.”

The bill requires a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two verbal requests. A patient making an initial verbal request must wait 15 days before signing a written request, and then wait another 48 hours for the writing of a prescription for life-ending medication.

At least 18 states considered such legislation this year, including pending bills in such states as Delaware, Kansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island.

In 1997, Oregon became the first state to provide an end-of-life option. California’s law went into effect in 2016.

-apnews.com, 4 June 2019

Arno's commentary

According a Google search, six countries—Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland—have made voluntary euthanasia, or doctor-assisted suicide, legally available.

The first country to implement that law was the Netherlands, a very rich and progressive, liberal country. The CIA Factbook lists the Netherlands as having a per-capita GDP of $53,900, life expectancy of 81.5 years, and trade shows imports of $453.8 billion and exports of $555.6 billion. That is super success.

Yet, we insist that life is created by God and the day of death determined by the Creator. Any interference is contrary to Scripture. As to the beginning of life, we read: “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:15-16). And Ecclesiastes 3:2 states: “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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