End-of-Life Choice, Death with Dignity, Palliative Care and Counseling

Maryland

Photo Credit: Vlad Dmitriev

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.

Resources

Maryland advocates featured on PBS Newshour- watch here

Read the Goucher poll- 60% of Marylanders support death-with-dignity legislation

The Washington Post Endorses Death with Dignity– read their endorsement here

The Maryland MOLST Website

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.

Maryland MOLST Informational Website

Maryland Advance Directive

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

Local Groups

To get involved with like-minded supporters near where you live in Maryland, send an email to contacts.mdat.c[email protected] and you will get a reply back from a local group leader.

Contact Information

To learn how you can get involved with Compassion & Choices please contact [email protected] via email or call 800-247-7421.

Contact your elected officials.

Call an End-of-Life Consultant 800-247-7421

Local Groups

If you would like information on your local chapter please use the contact information below:

Maryland
Sally Hunt
[email protected]
1-800-409-3137