For the fourth time in 5 years, the Oregon-based special interest group Compassion and Choices is pushing to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Maryland and the Maryland Catholic Conference is joining with its coalition partners to strongly oppose the legislation.
"Our state has repeatedly rejected this group’s agenda and with good reason: assisted-suicide threatens Maryland’s most vulnerable, putting those with disabilities, the elderly, our veterans, and those battling prescription drug addiction at grave risk," said Jennifer Briemann, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. "As Catholics we stand firm with our partners across the state to strongly oppose this legislation."
Titled the "End-of-Life Option Act" (HB 399/SB 311), the bill was introduced this week in both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly and is nearly identical to legislation rejected in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Maryland lawmakers. Hearings have been scheduled for Friday, February 15 at 1 p.m. in the House and Tuesday, February 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate.
The Conference is a long-time member of the Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide (MAPAS) Coalition.
"We encourage everyone who is passionate about this issue to join the MAPAS coalition, sign up for alerts and follow the coalition on social media to stay up-to-date on action on this bill," said Jennifer. "The coalition is the best resource for information on the fight against PAS and the primary voice in Maryland in opposing this predatory practice."
To learn more about Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide, sign-up for alerts and get involved, visit: www.stopassistedsuicidemd.org
Read news coverage of the introduction and the Conference's strong opposition HERE.