AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Groups fighting to give terminally ill people the right to physician-assisted suicide in Maine are launching a petition drive to force a statewide referendum on the issue.
Westport Island resident Valerie Lovelace is spearheading a push to enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.
The act would allow certain adults to request a prescription for the purpose of ending their lives.
But before a prescription, patients would face a process that includes waiting periods, a series of requests by the patient and a second opinion.
A Republican senator's physician-assisted suicide bill this year garnered a 16-15 vote of support in the Senate but failed 85-61 in the House.
The Secretary of State's office says the petition drive is still in an application stage.