Death with Dignity National Center

3,305 Supporters

Death with Dignity National Center provides information, education, research and support for the preservation, implementation and promotion of Death with Dignity laws which allow a terminally ill, mentally competent adult the right to request and receive a prescription to hasten death under certain specific safeguards. We promote Death with Dignity laws based on our model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, as a stimulus to nationwide improvements in end-of-life care and as an option for dying individuals.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Maryland State House

Pass a Death with Dignity Law in Maryland

In the 2015 legislative session Maryland State Delegate Shane Pendergrass, Senator Ronald Young, and a number of co-sponsors, introduced a cross-filed bill Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Death With Dignity Act. Following committee hearings in both chambers, the bill was killed on April 1 with a decision to not put it up for a vote. The sponsors intend bring the bill back in 2016. Please sign this petition to the Maryland state legislators to pass the bill! The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Maryland to get a prescription from their doctor for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing. The bill establishes stringent procedures and tough safeguards that have been proven safe and effective in providing peace of mind and control for the terminally ill: two doctors have to diagnose a terminal illness and determine the patient is mentally fit, and patients have to make this choice themselves. A majority of Marylanders—60 percent—believe terminally ill people should have this option. In Oregon (since 1997), Washington (2008) and Vermont (2013), Death with Dignity laws have safely and effectively given terminally ill people more freedom and control, more choices, and a greater piece of mind when it matters most. We urgently need your help now. Sign this petition to be sent to the Maryland state legislators to demonstrate the broad support in the state for a simple idea: we should have the end-of-life option that is only available with a Death with Dignity law.  

Death with Dignity National Center
1,619 supporters
Petitioning Washington, DC, Councilmembers

Pass a Death with Dignity Law in Washington, DC

The District may be about to take a giant leap forward and give us real choices about the way we choose to face our final days. DC City Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) has introduced B21-0038 - The Death with Dignity Act of 2015, which would expand the options available to DC residents as they approach the end of life. Sign the petition to the Councilmembers to pass this law. The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of the District to get a prescription from their doctor for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing. The bill establishes stringent procedures and tough safeguards that have been proven safe and effective in providing peace of mind and control for the terminally ill: two doctors have to diagnose a terminal illness and determine the patient is mentally fit, and patients have to make this choice themselves. An overwhelming majority of Washingtonians—67%—believe terminally ill people should have this option. In Oregon (since 1997), Washington (2008) and Vermont (2013), Death with Dignity laws have safely and effectively given terminally ill people more freedom and control, more choices, and a greater piece of mind when it matters most. The Washington Post agrees: just a week after we made our case to the influential editorial board, the paper strongly endorsed the District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act of 2015. We urgently need your help now. Sign this petition to be sent to the City Council to demonstrate the broad support in the District for a simple idea: we should have the option that is only available with a Death with Dignity law.

Death with Dignity National Center
1,686 supporters