Feb. 6 policy debate: ‘Aid in Dying & the End-of-Life Option Act’

med-and-law-imageThe UB School of Law’s Center for Medicine and Law invites you to a symposium, “Aid in Dying and the End-of-Life Option Act: A Policy Debate.”

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017
12 to 2:30 p.m.
12th floor
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
(1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201)

Click here to RSVP (please respond by Feb. 1).

This winter the Maryland General Assembly is to consider — again — the End-of-Life Option Act, which would legalize physician aid in dying. Also known as “death with dignity” or “physician-assisted suicide,” the medical practice, which is legal in six states, allows patients who are lucid and have six months or less to live to request — and their physicians to prescribe — life-ending medication to be administered by the patient.

Oregon legalized the practice first, in 1998, and five more states — Washington, Montana, Vermont, California and Colorado — have since followed suit. In November, the D.C. Council passed an aid-in-dying law, but the U.S. Congress must approve the measure.

Speakers on both sides of the issue will discuss how the law would work in Maryland and review issues and concerns. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Natalie Ram, co-director of the Center for Medicine and Law.

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