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Governor LePage says he is against assisted suicide

Michael Dwyer/ Associated Press

Governor Paul LePage attended an opioid abuse conference in Boston.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Governor Paul LePage clarified his stance on assisted suicide during a radio appearance in which he said he’s still against a measure to make the practice legal in the state.

LePage, a Republican, said earlier this week that he would veto a bill moving through the Legislature that would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients hasten their own deaths. He said on WGAN-AM on Thursday that the reason he opposes the proposal is because he doesn’t think it’s a ‘‘government issue.’’

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LePage says such a discussion should be between a doctor and patient and the government shouldn’t be involved.

The Maine proposal would enable physicians to legally prescribe life-ending medications to certain terminally ill patients. Right now, doctors cannot legally do that. A similar proposal failed in 2015.

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