Subject: Support for End-of-Life Option Act (include personal variation)
[If you live in the target’s district begin with: I live in your district (my address is: ___________).]
I’m writing to urge you to vote for the End-of-Life Option Act (HB 399/SB 311).
[It’s preferable if you insert your own reasons in your own words, in a few short paragraphs or sentences. But if you need it, use as much of the following explanation as you want. You can send the same email to all the delegates. There’s no need to include a personal salutation (“Dear ____”) as it increases the amount of work and risk of error.]
I believe that government should not interfere with a person’s decision of how to live, and that includes how and when to die, providing the person is an adult of sound mind and within 6 months of dying of a terminal illness. That concept is part of the Founding Fathers’ founding principles of our individual rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This includes our decision to end our life without having to suffer the pain and indignity of a terminal illness.
The just-released Goucher poll shows that about two-thirds of Marylanders support the End-of-Life Option Act. That is consistent with national polls showing that about two-thirds of people support having the option provided under the Act. The polls show that a majority of people who are religious support having the option provided under the Act. The Act in no way would interfere with people’s religious beliefs or their practices.
Eight states, including Washington, DC, affecting about 20 percent of the country’s population, have enacted laws similar to the Act, without any reported problems. This proves that the protections against patient coercion and undue influence in the Act are effective. There are sufficient safeguards to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable among us, as proven by other states’ experience.
Experience in other states indicates that probably less than 100 Marylanders each year would use the Act, far less than one percent of the people who die in Maryland each year.
Maryland has a long history of protecting the rights of its citizens, please support this HB399 and its protection of the rights of the dying.
Model Phone message for Delegates
(you can use this script or whatever variation works for you, personal is always best but every phone call counts and do whatever makes it possible for you to participate)
My name is _______, and I urge you, Delegate __________ to vote in favor of the End-of-Life Option Act, HB 399. Please preserve and protect the rights of the terminally ill to make their own decisions about when they are ready to die. Please give them the option for dignity that a terminal illness and medical technology may rob them of. Government should not interfere with people’s free choices. Thank you for your support.