Week 11/2015 in the Death with Dignity Movement


Maryland was in the spotlight of the Death with Dignity movement last week, with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing drawing dozens of testimonies, including from our Executive Director, Peg Sandeen; our friend Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD, coined an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun in support of the bill and Marylanders’ right to Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option.

The New York Times endorsed Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option for the terminally ill. Across the pond, beloved author and dying with dignity campaigner Terry Pratchett died.

These are the highlights of the most important developments in the movement around the United States from March 8 to March 14, 2015, with the corresponding media coverage.


California was getting ready for the March 25 Senate hearing of the End of Life Option Act.


Connecticut geared up to its Assembly hearing this week on the proposed physician-assisted dying bill.


Maryland was abuzz with the House and Senate hearings on the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer Death With Dignity Act.


Montana saw a rollercoaster in the House when a proposed bill outlawing physician-assisted dying first passed and eventually failed on a split vote.


Though the Utah Death with Dignity Act was tabled until next year, a discussion about the issue started in the state. A poll showed the majority of Utahns are in favor of such legislation.


In Vermont, a bill passed in the Senate that removed the sunset provision from the state’s Death with Dignity bill, keeping safeguards intact.


A couple of nice opinion pieces:

Image by Daniel Blume.

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