YOU can make history happen today and we need YOU to do so! Support the End of Life Option bill!

My tumors…now in my lungs and liver…are like special ops soldiers…the sheer terror that suddenly sneaks upon me; the fatigue, the vomiting, the numbness and burning in my hands and feet,” said stage IV incurable cancer patient Marci Rubin, a Chevy Chase resident. “Don’t say you understand me. Promise me you will help me…Please don’t let me languish away, fighting for my last shallow breaths.” Unfortunately 6 weeks after Marci Rubin testified to the Maryland Joint House Committees on Feb. 15, 2019, she lost her fight to cancer and was not able to utilize the End of Life Option she so courageously fought for. 
**MAKE HISTORY HAPPEN TODAY**
WISE Women are needed (again)! This time, in support of SB701 “The End of Life Options Act”.
If, like me, you were in the room at last Friday’s hearing held by Senator Will Smith‘s Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR), you already know the type of misguided and irresponsible rhetoric the bill’s opposition used to try to make their point:
  • They compared us to Nazis and slave holders;
  • They equated End-of-Life Options to suicide and euthanasia; and,
  • They conjured up claims of fraud and abuse (non-existent in a combined 50 years so far)
In sum, they pulled out their lone twin arguments of fear and falsehoods. We knew that. They knew that.
What’s now? We’ve been told by Senators that they haven’t quite heard enough from the bill’s supporters to get it to the Senate floor. This is where YOU can push SB701 across the finish line.
We need two more senators to confirm they will vote yes for this bill to pass this session. JUST TWO MORE VOTES! So close and yet without your help it will never happen!

Please contact Senator Beidle and any other senators on the list below and ask them to pledge to vote yes for the End of Life Option. We are only TWO votes away from making this happen this year!!!!!
You can do this one of two ways email or phone call.  Here is an example you can use for an email or modify for a phone call, change it slightly to be personal if you can. This site https://mdelo.org/medical-aid-in-dying/has excellent verbiage you can use for either an email or a phone call as well.   PLEASE also SHARE this POST!
Senator Beidle,
I would like you pledge to vote yes for SB 701 End of Life Option. Sadly, three bill champions died in 2019, Speaker Michael E. Busch, U.S. Rep./former Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Cummings, and Compassion & Choices’ terminally ill volunteer Marcy Rubin. We honor their legacy and say the time is now to pass this bill. (Insert a personal reason why you want this legislation supported here)
 
Thank you,
 
Jane Doe
 
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Senator Pam Beidle (D-32)
James Senate Office Building, Room 202
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3593, (301) 858-3593
e-mail: pamela.beidle@senate.state.md.us
Senator Antonio L. Hayes (D-40)
Miller Senate Office Building, Room 222
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656
e-mail: antonio.hayes@senate.state.md.us


Senator Jim Rosapepe (D-21)
James Senate Office Building, Room 101
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
e-mail: jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us

Senator Obie Patterson (D-26)
James Senate Office Building, Room 201
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092
e-mail: obie.patterson@senate.state.md.us

Senator Charles Sydnor, III (D-44)
James Senate Office Building, Room 216
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3612, (301) 858-3612
e-mail: charles.sydnor@senate.state.md.us
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Important Newspaper contribution from WISE’s Janet Holbrook, click here.
More information:

https://compassionandchoices.org/news/terminally-ill-marylanders-urge-state-senate-to-pass-medical-aid-in-dying-bill-now/

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