Aid in Dying and End-of-Life Option Act: Issues & Answers for the Policy Debate

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
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Beginning in January 2017, the Maryland General Assembly once again considers the End-of-Life Option Act, which if enacted would legalize physician aid in dying. Termed by some as "death with dignity" or "physician-assisted suicide," aid in dying is a medical practice in which patients with mental capacity and a prognosis of six months or less may request, and physicians may prescribe, life-ending medication for self-administration, provided specific requirements are met. The practice was first legalized in Oregon in 1998 but has now been authorized in five additional states, including Washington, Montana, Vermont, California and Colorado. An aid-in-dying law passed the D.C. Council in November 2016, but implementation depends on whether the U.S. Congress supports or overrules the law.

With a panel of experts, this symposium will provide a balanced look at how the law would work in Maryland if implemented and will review issues and concerns from both sides of the debate. 


  • Natalie Ram, J.D., Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director, Center for Medicine and Law, University of Baltimore School of Law

Presentation Supporting Aid in Dying

  • Michael J. Strauss, MD, MPH, retired internist and health policy consultant

Presentation Opposed to Aid in Dying

  • G. Kevin Donovan, MD, MA, Director, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center

Panel to Comment and React

  • Gary C. Norman, Esq. LLM, an attorney, consultant and mediator partnered with a guide dog, serves as the Vice Chair at the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
  • Terri L. Hill, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the Maryland House of Delegates, where she sits on the Health and Government Operations Committee and has served on the Death-with-Dignity Workgroup.
  • Samantha Crane, J.D., Director of Public Policy at the national office of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).


Please RSVP by Feb. 1


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