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Diane Rehm testifies for assisted-death bill in Maryland

February 16th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Retired radio talk show host Diane Rehm is speaking in favor of a Maryland measure to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor’s help, but opponents say it could enable vulnerable people who aren’t terminally ill to kill themselves.

Rehm, a former NPR host, has supported assisted-death legislation since her husband, John, died while in hospice care in 2014. She says he felt betrayed the law would not allow a physician to end his suffering.

Paul Okerblom listened with opponents outside a crowded hearing room. He says elderly people could choose to end their lives because they feel they have become a burden.


Medically assisted deaths are legal in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

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