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Hearing in Maryland Draws Passionate Testimony, Extensive Media Coverage

February 29, 2020

In the second half of February 2020:

  • Maryland lawmakers held a hearing on the End-of-Life Option Act.
  • Advocates across the U.S. voiced their support for death with dignity.

Maryland

On February 28, the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held an emotional hearing on Senate Bill 701, the End-of-Life Option Act. Here’s how media covered the newsworthy event:

Death with Dignity Executive Director Peg Sandeen testified in support of the bill. Read a transcript of her testimony here.

In the weeks leading up to the hearing, multiple op-eds from Marylanders across the state made the case for passage of the bill, modeled on Oregon’s first-in-the-nation assisted dying law.

Across the U.S.

California:

Connecticut: “My sister-in-law died of assisted suicide: Connecticut braces for aid-in-dying bill,” Law.com/Connecticut Law Tribune, 2/19/2020

Florida: “She became the face of the right-to-die movement: Now her husband carries on her legacy,” Florida Today, 2/18/2020

Massachusetts:

New Hampshire: “Letter: Permit ‘Death with Dignity’ Bill,” Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, 2/26/2020

New Jersey: “She was the first to publicly ask to die under N.J. law. Then she changed her mind,” NJ.com, 2/27/202

New York: “Growing support across New York State for Medical Aid in Dying Act,” Fingerlakes1.com, 2/21/2020

Vermont: “Woodstock man’s obituary reflects on choices about life and death,” Valley News, 2/25/2020

 

NOTE: Death with Dignity does not support the use of inaccurate terminology like “assisted suicide” to describe death with dignity. Read more in our “Terminology of Assisted Dying” resource.

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