Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Maryland residents deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.

Despite unprecedented momentum to pass the Maryland End of Life Option Act, after pausing the 2020 legislative session due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Maryland legislature adjourned for the session without taking action on the bill. Now, our sights are set on passing a bill in 2021.

Our goal to authorize medical aid in dying in Maryland can't happen without the support of our volunteer base. Join an Action Team in your area to help our efforts and meet people who are as passionate about end-of-life options as you are.

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Polling Data

Graphic depicting 6 in 10 Maryland residents support medical aid in dying

Read Compassion & Choices’ full polling data information including additional polling for Maryland.

Tools and Resources

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For Patients
Access the Maryland Advance Directive

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.

End-of-Life Planning
Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.

 

advance care planning and resources in Spanish, espanol.

Los recursos en Español
Los recursos en Español.

 

answers to questions about COVID-19, including treatment and end of life.

COVID-19 Toolkit
Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.

Resources for Providers
Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.

 

What Happened in Maryland in 2020

  • On January 28, 2020, Compassion & Choices Maryland and 150 of its volunteers urged state lawmakers to honor the deaths last year of three advocates for the End of Life Option Act, Maryland Speaker Michael BushMaryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Chevy Chase cancer patient Marcy Rubin, by passing the bill.
  • On February 28, 2020, Terminally ill Marylanders, family members whose loved ones died in agony, doctors, faith leaders, mental health professionals, and policy makers testified Friday about the urgent need to pass the End of Life Option Act (SB 701/HB 643) before the State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.