Supporters to Try Again on Assisted Death Bill in Maryland

Supporters of allowing the terminally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor are hoping they have the votes to pass legislation in Maryland this year. 

They have scheduled a news conference in Annapolis on Tuesday to talk about the legislation. The measure's sponsors say they have about 60 co-sponsors for the bill. 

Supporters say the measure would give mentally capable terminally ills adults with six months or less to live the option to get a doctor's help in ending their lives, if their suffering becomes unbearable. 

Legislation has been filed before. In 2017, the measure was withdrawn for lack of support. 

Doctor-assisted deaths are legal in seven states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.

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