Nearly two-thirds of Maryland voters (66%), including Catholics (65%), Protestants (62%), Jews (67%), and Muslims (52%), support Maryland’s End of Life Option Act, according to 2019 Public Policy Polling. As the poll indicates, people of faith support this option at the end of life that allows terminally ill adults to get prescription medication they can decide to take if their suffering becomes unbearable. After all, it is everyone’s wish to die at peace and to be shown compassion to the very end.
“As a clinical psychologist and ordained minister…I have met with, talked to and counseled countless older people, as well as terminally ill people and their families. None of these patients I’ve counseled wants to die, but they know that one day this will be their fate, and for those who are terminally ill, it will come sooner rather than later…
“For those who believe in the afterlife, they want a perfect setting for a glorious transition. For those who see it as the final step of existence, they want a restful reward for a life well-lived …
“There are too many terminally ill, dying Marylanders who are unnecessarily suffering at the end of life. There are too many Marylanders who passed away advocating for passage of this law. We owe it to all of them to provide an end-of-life option that offers peace, comfort and dignity.”
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey R. Gardere, clinical psychologist, ordained interfaith minister
“This is the fierce urgency of now … the end of life option is an act that we should act upon as soon as possible.
“…we believe God is a God of love and compassion, who would not abandon a dying person who is suffering and refuse that person the means to die peacefully in whatever way is consistent with their own individual faith and belief.”
Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, civil rights leader, Presbyterian minister
“Until you have held the hand of a dying person who is suffering, you may not understand the comfort this option can bring…terminally ill people should be allowed to make that decision and should be given more options at the end of life when options are few…
“Your support of this legislation should not just depend on whether or not you will use the law, but whether or not you will stand in the way of someone suffering at the end of life who feels that they need it.”
Rev. Charles McNeill, President, National Capital Baptist Convention
Maryland lawmakers can help their terminally ill constituents avoid needless suffering at the end of life by passing the End of Life Option Act.
Tell your lawmakers to pass the bill at: CompassionAndChoices.org/Maryland