This letter is in respectful support of the Maine Death with Dignity Act (“Supporters of ‘assisted dying’ work to get referendum before Maine voters in 2019,” Nov. 1).

As a retired family nurse practitioner, I can testify to the fact that all end-of-life pain cannot and is not appropriately managed by health care systems currently in place. Religious reasons for not allowing the terminally ill to end their lives in the manner they choose are a contradiction to the basic principles America is founded on — the separation of church and state. Safeguards from abuse included in this legislation are working in the states where this has been passed.

You are allowed to practice your religion freely, please allow those of us who do not believe as you do, the freedom to make our own end-of-life choices.

Maureen ONeal


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