ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland senator has withdrawn a measure to
allow terminally ill residents to legally end their lives with drugs
prescribed by a doctor.
[The bill, SB 418, would have legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined]*
Sen. Ron Young, a Frederick County Democrat, said he withdrew the
bill Thursday, when it became clear the measure did not have the votes
bill stalled last year, but supporters hoped adding some safeguards
Young says he doubts he will try again next year, because he says
committee opponents are “just totally inflexible on it.” Opponents cited
concerns that vulnerable people like the developmentally disabled could
be pressured to end their lives.
* See memo, pp. 1, 8-10; click here for the appendix.