Bill to legalize medically assisted suicide in Maryland defeated in state Senate

A measure that would have legalized medically assisted suicide in Maryland was defeated Wednesday on a dramatic tie vote in the state Senate.

Sen. Will Smith, the bill’s sponsor, said he hoped senators will build on this year’s work on the bill as they debate the measure in future years.

The bill, known as the “End of Life Options Act,” had failed three times before in the Maryland General Assembly.

But it gained momentum this year, with the House of Delegates approving the measure following an intense and emotional debate.

The measure faced more scrutiny in the Senate, where a committee added further requirements for patients and doctors…

Read more at the Baltimore Sun…

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