Maine Voters Narrowly Defeat Assisted Suicide Measure
As of press time 52% of Maine voters from 94% of precincts rejected Question 1, a ballot initiative that would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal dosages of drugs to terminally ill patients. Forty-eight percent of Mainers voted in favor of it, according to CNN.com. The controversial measure was backed by Mainers for Death with Dignity, and opposed by the Maine Citizens Against the Dangers of Physician Assisted Suicide (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 11/2). The measure has not yet been called. To get updated results on the status on Question 1 go to http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/results/ME/frameset.excl ude.html for updates throughout the day.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.