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Michigan Legalization of Lethal Medication to Terminally Ill, Proposal B (1998)

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The Michigan Legalization of Lethal Medication to Terminally Ill also known as Proposal B, was an initiated state statute on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Michigan, where it was defeated.

The proposal sought legalize the prescription of lethal medication to the terminally ill.[1]

Election results

Proposal B (Assisted Suicide)
Defeatedd No2,116,15471.1%
Yes 859,381 28.9%

Official results via: The Michigan Secretary of the State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The proposal would:

1) allow a Michigan resident or certain out-of-state relatives of Michigan residents confirmed by 1 psychiatrist to be mentally competent and 2 physicians to be terminally ill with 6 months or less to live to obtain a lethal dose of medication to end his/her life;

2) allow physicians, after following required procedures, to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to enable a terminally ill adult to end his/her life;

3) establish a gubernatorially appointed, publicly-funded oversight committee, exempt from Open Meetings Act and whose records, including confidential medical records, and minutes are exempt from Freedom of Information Act;

4) create penalties for violating the law.

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