The campaign for a law authorizing medical aid-in-dying is fast and furious in Maryland, with the End-of-Life Option Act introduced early in the 2016 legislative session and advocates storming the statehouse to press for its passage. Buoyed by extraordinary progress in 2015 — when the bill was heard by committees in both chambers in only its first year — advocates are working hard for the bill to reach the governor’s desk this year.
More than 75 volunteers met with their lawmakers in Annapolis on Compassion & Choices Lobby Day, January 28. Bill sponsors Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-Dist. 13, Howard Co.) and Senator Ronald Young (D-Dist. 3, Frederick) introduced companion bills that day — HB0404 and SB0418. They held a packed news conference to announce their intention to see the bill advance this year. More than 55 legislators had co-sponsored the bill when it was introduced!
Co-sponsors — and more importantly, lawmakers who haven’t co-sponsored — need to hear from you now. Please click the blue box to personalize a letter to your state lawmakers telling them to support the End-of-Life-Options Act. Phone calls are even more powerful, so find your elected representatives’ contact information here.
The Washington Post Endorses Death with Dignity– read their endorsement here
MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) makes your treatment wishes known to health care professionals. For more information about how to use this form, follow the link to the website.
If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, follow the link below to find the most recent forms and resources for end-of-life planning.
MARYLAND END-OF-LIFE RESOURCES PAGE
To get involved with like-minded supporters near where you live in Maryland, send an email to contacts.mdat.c
To learn how you can get involved with Compassion & Choices please contact [email protected] via email or call 800-247-7421.
Call an End-of-Life Consultant 800-247-7421
If you would like information on your local chapter please use the contact information below: