Marylanders for End-of-Life Options

At MDELO, we believe that all individuals at the end of life have a fundamental right to end their suffering when they are ready, in a setting they choose, and surrounded by family and loved ones. Our goal — our mission — is for there to be an option and a choice for all Marylanders.

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Our Mission

We support the passage of Maryland’s End-of-Life Option Act.

Modeled after similar laws in Oregon, eight other states, and the District of Columbia, Maryland’s End-of-Life Option Act (Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer Act) will, when enacted, allow for medical aid in dying (MAID). Under this process, mentally competent adults with a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less to live will have access to medication they must self-administer to end their suffering at the time of their choosing.

The Maryland General Assembly 2020 Session began at noon on January 8th. Recently announced changes in leadership make us optimistic about our chances for passage of the End-of-Life Option Act, but we need your help to make this happen. It is very important that you contact your legislators to let them know you support the bill and your reasons for doing so. The End-of-Life Option Act has been introduced in both the House (HB0643) and Senate (SB0701).

MDELO is entirely staffed with volunteers, who accept no compensation. In the past two years we used tens of thousands of dollars of our personal assets along with contributions from other supporters to cover the costs of lobbyists, surveys, and telephone canvassing. These investments paid off and we came very close to passing a bill in 2019.  For 2020, we need additional resources to advance our lobbying, polling, survey, and telephone canvassing efforts, as well as support more grassroots endeavors. Please click on the Donate button at the top of the screen if you can help us to make medical aid in dying a reality in Maryland. (Note that MDELO is a 501(c)(4) organization and contributions are NOT tax deductible.)

Events

2/28/2020 abcd 12:00 PMode abHearing for SB0701 by Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

2/03/2020 abcde abode abcdeabSB0701 introduced in Senate by Jeff Waldstreicher

1/28/2020 abcde abode abcdaabHB0643 introduced in House of Delegates by Shane Pendergrass

1/28/2020 abcde 9:30 AM abcde Lobby Day (sponsored by Compassion & Choices)
abcdeabcdeabcdeabcdeabcdeabMaryland House of Delegates, Room 170/180
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1/08/2020 abcde12:00 PM abcdeGeneral Assembly 2020 convenes