Friday, March 1, 2024

Great News: Maryland Assisted Suicide Bill is Dead

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Sapna Bansil reported on March 1, 2024 for the Capital News Service that Maryland's assisted suicide bill (HB403/SB443) is dead because it didn't have support in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Bansil reported:
Senate President Bill Ferguson, D-Baltimore City, said in a press conference Friday that the measure had not won enough support among the 11 members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to move forward this term. Ferguson indicated he was unwilling to bring the bill for a vote if it was likely to fail.

“For this year, it’s certainly over,” said Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Will Smith, D-Montgomery, noting the bill would have fallen one or two votes shy of passing his committee.

The bill’s failure elicited strong emotions from its supporters on Friday, many of whom have experienced years of setbacks on the issue.

Sen. Ariana Kelly, D-Montgomery, a member of the Judicial Proceedings Committee and a bill co-sponsor said that she has public support for the bill.

Sen. Mike McKay, R-Allegany, Garrett and Washington said that he was pleased with the decision.

Bansil reported that Senate President, Bill Ferguson, believes that another assisted suicide bill will likely be introduced next year.

A similar assisted suicide bill was defeated in Maryland last year and assisted suicide bills were introduced in Maryland every year between 2015 and 2020.

Congratulations to all of the people in Maryland who have worked for many years to continue defeating assisted suicide bills.

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