Maryland House of Delegates Approves Aid-in-Dying Bill

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Maryland’s House of Delegates has approved an aid-in-dying bill.

The legislation would allow terminally ill patients to obtain life ending drugs if a doctor finds they have six months or less to live. The patient would have to make three requests for life ending treatment, both oral and written.

The “Life Ending Options Act” also requires waiting periods and patients have the right to change their mind at any time.

The bill’s fate is unclear in the Maryland Senate. Governor Larry Hogan has not made clear his position on the legislation.

Medically assisted death is legal in 7 states and Washington, D.C.