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Maryland

There is currently no pending medical aid-in-dying legislation in Maryland. Compassion & Choices is working to build legislative support in districts that have historically not been as supportive as they should be. Join our efforts in Maryland by clicking here. Let’s advance end-of-life options together.

History

2017

Maryland Delegate Pendergrass, along with 42 co-sponsors, introduced House Bill 370, the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life option Act, on January 25, 2017. Senator Guy Guzzone introduced a companion bill, Senate Bill 354. Senator Guzzone withdrew the bills on March 3, 2017.

2015-16

The 2016 campaign for medical aid in dying in Maryland demonstrated a surge of support for expanded end-of-life options. As lawmakers considered the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act (HB0404 and SB0418), Compassion & Choices supporters, joined by a broad, diverse array of backers, met with lawmakers, testified, rallied and made their views known.

The bill was first introduced in the 2015 session by Delegate Shane Pendergrass in the Health and Government Operations Committee (HGO) and in the Judiciary Committee by Senator Ron Young. Despite getting a record number of co-sponsors (47 in 2015 and 56 in 2016), the bill did not come up for a vote.

Polling Data

Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) survey, June – July 2016

» Six out of 10 Maryland physicians (60%) supported changing the Maryland State Medical Society’s position on Maryland’s 2016 aid-in-dying legislation from opposing the bill to supporting it (47%) or adopting a neutral stance (13%).

Momentum Analysis poll, Feb. 2016

» Nearly two out of three Maryland voters (65%) said they “support allowing a mentally capable adult, who is dying of a terminal disease with no hope of recovery, the option to ask for medication to bring about their own death”

Click here for full Maryland polling data.

Resources

Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act full text

/ November 16, 2016

Different States, Different Strategies for Authorizing Aid in Dying as a Compassionate Option

From Maryland to New Mexico, Compassion & Choices staff and volunteers are gearing up for new legislative sessions, many of which begin in January. Compassion & Choices’ (C&C’s) political and policy experts travel the country, visiting with lawmakers in any state who want to advance aid-in-dying legislation, and providing technical assistance and activating C&C supporters […]

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/ September 19, 2016

MD: Join us for a strategy meeting in Baltimore

We sent the following message to our supporters in the Baltimore, Maryland area last week: Friend, As you may know, we’ve spent this summer planning how we can pass Maryland’s End of Life Option Act when the legislature returns to session in 2017. And now, we’re organizing the grassroots teams we’ll need to succeed next […]

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