December Discussion Groups to Reach Concurrence on Death with Dignity
Humans have long wrestled with questions of how to handle the imminent approach of death. Modern medical advances provide more choices – both for extending life and for choosing when and how to die. In six states plus DC, Death with Dignity laws allow a terminally ill, mentally competent adult with a prognosis of six months or less to live to request a prescription for a lethal medication that can be taken at a time of his or her own choosing to bring about a peaceful death. Participation in Death with Dignity is completely voluntary for patients, doctors, and pharmacists.
At the June 2017 state convention, LWVMD delegates voted for a study of Death with Dignity. While gathering information, the state study committee found that the state League in Utah had already completed a study, leading to consensus, and that LWVNY has concurred with that consensus. Local LWV members are now being asked to consider whether LWVMD can concur with the Utah League’s positions. LWVMC members will discuss this issue at the December discussion group meetings. LWVMC is also providing the opportunity for members to join the concurrence by email. (See the December Voter page 4 for more information on this procedure.) If concurrence is achieved, LWVMD will be ready to lobby if a DWD bill is introduced in the 2019 general assembly.
The brief fact sheet that is included with this newsletter provides the two statements with which members are being asked to agree. For a detail discussion of this issue, go to the LWVMD website https://www.lwvmd.org/fact_sheets. This website includes a short summary of the issue and the two statements with which members are being asked to agree.
See LWVMD Death with Dignity. Everyone is welcome. Free.
What You Can Do
December Discussion Groups: Death with Dignity Concurrence
All meetings are open to the public. Meetings held at the LWVMC office, Lakelands Clubhouse, and Riderwood are handicap-accessible.
SUNDAY, DEC 9
2:00 PM UPCOUNTY / WEEKEND
960 Main Street, Gaithersburg
Contact Carol Blackburn, 301-569-6076
MONDAY, DEC 10
2:00 PM ROCKVILLE PM
Contact Mary Lanigan, 240-687-0517
TUESDAY, DEC 11
7:30 PM TUESDAY PM
11400 Strand Drive, # 302, N. Beth.
Contact: Carol Gross, 301-652-2236
WEDNESDAY, DEC 12
9:30 AM BETHESDA/POTOMAC
9608 Hawick Lane, Kensington
Contact: Margaret Chasson, 301-942-0497
10:15 AM ROSSMOOR/LEISURE WORLD
Leisure World Clubhouse 1
3701 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring
Contact: Maxine Lewack, 301-847-9527
THURSDAY, DEC 13
9:30 AM SILVER SPRING
500 Cosgrave Way, Silver Spring
Contact: Fran Berger, 301-680-0052
MONDAY, DEC 17
3:00 PM RIDERWOOD
Town Center Classroom
Riderwood, Silver Spring
Contact Ruth Sachs 301-960-9755
Discussion Group meeting places, times, contacts and topics for the month will be posted here each month and also appear in the Voter newsletter. Everyone welcome!