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03.02.2020
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Tell your legislators: No Physician-Assisted Suicide in Maryland

As a Catholic in your district, I am asking you to stand up for the vulnerable people of our community and reject the proposal to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Maryland by voting NO on HB 643/SB 701 if it comes to the floor in your chamber. 

 

This is the fifth time that out-of-state groups have come to Maryland to push this dangerous agenda and I am deeply concerned about what legalizing physician-assisted suicide would do to Maryland and our community. Allowing doctors to prescribe large and lethal doses of drugs with no protections to ensure those drugs don't end up in the wrong hands or on our streets puts Maryland lives at risk at a time when hundreds of people die every year from prescription drug overdose.

 

Despite what proponents claim, there is nothing in the bill that can actually protect the elderly, our veterans, people with disabilities, and those diagnosed with terminal illness from being pressured by insurance denials, family members or others to end their lives early if this becomes a so-called "option." 

 

As a Catholic, I believe in dignity of every human person and the value of every single life. I believe every person deserves truly compassionate care at the end of their life, not doctors who prescribe death.

 

The concerns with this bill are numerous and we saw last year that there is simply no way to fix this bill and still protect Maryland. 

 

As my elected representative, I am asking you to please vote NO on HB 643/SB 701 if it comes to the floor in your chamber.

 

Thank you,

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Hello. My name is __________________ and I am a constituent in your district. I am calling to ask you to reject the proposal to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Maryland by voting NO on House Bill 643 / Senate Bill 701 if it comes to the floor in your chamber. 


My objections to this bill are numerous: 



  • This is the fifth time that this misguided policy has been proposed in Maryland and every time it has been rightfully rejected.

  • Despite what proponents claim, the so-called "protections" in this bill are an illusion.

  • It offers nothing to actually ensure the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities or those diagnosed with a terminal illness in our community are not pressured by insurance denials, family members or others to end their lives early. 

  • It would leave large doses of lethal drugs unaccounted for at a time when our state is facing a prescription drug epidemic that is taking hundreds of lives every year.

  • The vote last year proved that there is no way to fix this bill and keep the people of Maryland safe from these very real consequences. 


As a Catholic, I believe there is dignity in every human person and value in every life. I believe the people of our state deserve truly compassionate care when facing the end of their life, not doctors who prescribe death. 


That is why I am asking you to please vote NO if House Bill 643 or Senate Bill 701 comes to the floor in your chamber. 




Thank you.