Maryland Advance Directive
State-specific advance directives make clear your end-of-life preferences if you are unable to make or communicate medical treatment decisions yourself. For the Maryland advance directive form, click here.
The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Actwas 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 cosponsors (52 in 2015), the bill did not come up for a vote.
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. Over 100 supporters showed up to Lobby Day, and seven media outlets covered that day of events.
Maryland Delegate Pendergrass, along with 44 cosponsors, introduced House Bill 370, the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life option Act, on January 25, 2017. Senator Guy Guzzone with 13 cosponsors introduced a companion bill, Senate Bill 354. Senator Guzzone decided to withdraw the bill on March 3, 2017, because there was not enough support to get it out of committee.
The Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End of Life Option Act was reintroduced in the state House and Senate on January 30, 2019. On January 29, Compassion & Choices held a successful Lobby Day with over 150 attendees donning our signature yellow. Our supporters, volunteers and staff canvassed the halls of the legislative services building, spoke to their representatives and garnered support for the bill. On March 3, 2019, the Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act passed two committees (Maryland Health and Government Operations/Judiciary Committee) in a 24 to 20 vote.
On March 7, 2019, the Maryland Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act (SB311/HB399) passed a full House vote (74-66). The bill moved to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee where it failed to pass.
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.
Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act full text