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, nine 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 and adjourned preliminarily on March 18th due to the COVID 19 public health crisis. The End-of-Life Option Act had been introduced in both the House (HB0643) and Senate (SB0701). Only the Senate held a hearing, and no vote was taken.

MDELO is entirely staffed with dedicated volunteers, who accept no compensation. In the past three years we used thousands of dollars of our personal assets along with contributions from other supporters to cover the costs of lobbyists, surveys, and telephone canvassing. To continue these efforts, as well as support more grassroots endeavors, we need additional resources. If you want to help us to make medical aid in dying a reality in Maryland, please click on the DONATE or CONTACT US button at the top of the screen to get involved. (Note that MDELO is a 501(c)(4) organization and contributions are NOT tax deductible.)

Events

4/06/2020 abcd                 ode abOriginal General Assembly 2020 scheduled adjournment “Sine Die

3/18/2020 abcd                 ode abGeneral Assembly 2020 adjourned

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

2/03/2020 abcde abode abcdeab    SB0701 introduced in Senate by Jeff Waldstreicher

1/28/2020 abcde abode abcdaab              HB0643 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
abcdeabcdeabcdeabcdeabcdeab6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

1/08/2020 abcde12:00 PM abcdeGeneral Assembly 2020 convened