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.
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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 Bush, Maryland 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.