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Death with Dignity Bills Return to State Legislatures

January 31, 2020

By late January, many state legislatures were back in full swing, and lawmakers across the country were introducing new bills or reconsidering bills introduced last session. Here’s our roundup of the latest death with dignity news from across the U.S.


Advocates, lawmakers, and leaders of national organizations gathered on January 28 at the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis to urge state legislators to pass the End of Life Option Act. Death with Dignity National Center Executive Director Peg Sandeen delivered remarks at the press conference in which she released the results of a recent poll, commissioned by Death with Dignity, that showed 66 percent of Marylanders support medical aid in dying.

More news coverage from Maryland:


Ahead of a February 5 vote by the Joint Committee of Public Health on the End of Life Options Act, Massachusetts residents from all corners of the state wrote letters of support in their local newspapers. Here are some of the best:

New York

“‘Death with dignity’ legislation gets new life in New York,” New York Daily News, 1/23/20

On January 23, Death with Dignity Executive Director Peg Sandeen spoke at a lobby day at the New York State Capitol in Albany urging lawmakers to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act. The Daily News did a write-up on the event, which also featured our partner organizations and bill sponsors. Read our own blog post here.

Around the U.S.

Georgia: “Right-to-Die Bill Filed in Georgia Senate,” Savannah Now, 1/18/20

Hawaii: “A Doctor’s Journey Toward Medical Aid in Dying,” Honolulu City Beat, 1/24/20

Illinois: “Death with dignity issue to return to committee,” Evanston Now, 1/30/20

Indiana: “Death with dignity bill proposed in Indiana,” WTHR, 1/16/20

Utah: “‘Death with dignity’ advocates in Utah persist despite heavy opposition,” Daily Herald, 1/21/20




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