Physician Assisted Suicide Bill for 2019 Coming Soon
It’s official: legislation is about to be filed in the Maryland General Assembly that seeks to legalize the practice of physician assisted suicide. These bills –which are often referred to as “Death with dignity” or “aid in dying” – are being by pushed by the same out-of-state interests that failed to get bills passed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Regardless of what the bill looks like when it’s filed, what we’ve been saying all along still stands: there is no way to fix this bill. There are no safeguards that can truly protect against the coercion and abuse of vulnerable populations. There is no legislative solution to the fact that doctors cannot accurately predict a 6 month terminal diagnosis. There is no way to cover up in legislation that patients in states where this is legal are requesting the lethal drugs because they feel like they are a burden on their family, not because they are in pain. We could go on and on.
As a growing coalition of local bipartisan opposition to PAS, we are going to continue to call on our state leaders to again reject this dangerous legislation when it is introduced and stand up for Maryland’s most vulnerable residents.
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