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Latest Push to Legalize Assisted Suicide Fails in Maryland

maryland asBALTIMORE — The latest push to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill has failed in Maryland, but opponents are well aware that this isn’t the end of the fight.

When it was clear that it didn’t have enough support to pass, the sponsor of the End-of-Life Option Act, Sen. Robert Young, D-Frederick, pulled the bill March 3, ahead of the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee.

“It is a relief that this very dangerous legislation is not moving forward,” Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, said in a statement provided to CNA.

However, she added, “I think it important to remain vigilant and to know the proponents of this bill here in Maryland and around the country are very aggressive in pushing [this legislation], regardless of how much opposition there is against the bill.”

The Denver-based assisted-suicide advocacy group Compassion and Choices said that it will continue to push for the passage of the bill in Maryland and other states.

For her part, Russell is hopeful that “the very strong coalition of opponents” against the bill “will become engaged and involved.”

Read more at the National Catholic Register.

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