“Legalizing Aid in Dying in Maryland”

Four states in the US have legalized Death with Dignity, also known as Aid in Dying. Many other states in the US and other countries are debating this matter in their legislatures. Through the advocacy of a small group of volunteers and the national office of Compassion and Choices, DwD/AID is slowly moving towards an active campaign to bring the law to Maryland. Such a law would allow qualified health professionals to prescribe life-ending medications to terminally ill, mentally competent persons who have requested this option from their medical provider.

Catherine Weber is a retired Clinical Social Worker and until recently the Coordinator of the Maryland Action Team for Compassion and Choices. As with most who become advocates for this issue, she came to this work through personal experiences. Her story was recently published as an Op-Ed in the Washington Post. (See http://ur1.ca/i7tw6 on 7/4/14.)

Ellen Dinerman is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor and a long time member of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society. She has resided in Deale, Md. since 1997. She strongly supports the rights of individuals to have choice in end-of-life decisions and has recently become active in the Maryland Action Team for Compassion and Choices.

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