Assisted suicide legislation is again under consideration in Maryland

Assisted suicide legislation is again under consideration in Maryland

 

Battle lines are drawn with an even number of people who support and oppose the bill. Unlike in previous years, there’s a public, full-court press by the opposition.

“Assisted suicide is dangerous public policy. When suicide becomes a medical treatment, it injects government pressure and profit-driven insurance decisions into everyone’s end-of-life care,” said Kristen Hanson, with the Patients Rights Action Fund…

“You’ll hear proponents of this law say, ‘It’s all about freedom of choice, it’s my right, my life.’ Well, I can tell you firsthand that these laws reduce your rights to care,” said Dr. T. Brian Callister, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and director of Medical Student Rural Education.

“The lethal drugs used in assisted suicide have never been scientifically tested, and the U.S. (Food and Drug Administration) has never approved any drugs for this purpose,” Dr. Joseph Marine, vice director of the division of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University…

“No one who claims to be a healer should offer death as if it is an option on a menu to choose from depending on how one feels in the moment,” said Sherman Gillums Jr., chairman of the federal Veterans’ Families, Caregiver and Survivors Advisory Committee…

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