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Del. Heather R. Mizeur
Del. Heather R. Mizeur. File April 2014. (The Daily Record/Max Franz)

Mizeur adds physician-assisted suicide pledge to campaign

Del. Heather R. Mizeur said Wednesday that she would work to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Maryland if she is elected governor later this year.

“If terminally ill, mentally competent adults choose to end their life, they should be able to seek a life-ending dose of medicine from their physicians,” Mizeur wrote in a 12-page campaign position paper on issues affecting senior citizens.

Mizeur,D-Montgomery, wrote that she would introduce what she called death with dignity legislation if elected governor and would work to update the state’s standard of care so that physicians could write prescriptions for life-ending doses of medication.

Patients would then be required to “proactively fill the prescription and self-administer.”

The law Mizeur said she backs is similar to laws in Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

A bill to study the issue was introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr, R- Upper Shore. The legislation was given an unfavorable report in committee and Smigiel ultimately withdrew the bill.