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Libertarian Party of MD Supports End-of-Life Option Act

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Statement of Support: End-of-Life Option Act

Before the Maryland General Assembly (HB 399/SB 311)

February 12, 2019

The Libertarian Party of Maryland supports passage of the End-of-Life Option Act, currently before the Maryland General Assembly as House Bill 399 and Senate Bill 311. The Libertarian Party has supported previous versions of this legislation in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Now is the time for the Maryland General Assembly to act to finally pass this important legislation.

The End-of-Life Option Act allows a terminally ill (those with a prognosis of six months or less to live) adult resident of Maryland, the freedom to choose to voluntarily take a medically prescribed medicine to aid in their process of dying. The bill does not allow euthanasia, which would remain illegal. The bill contains significant procedural protections to ensure the individual is competent, is not subject to undue influence or coercion, and is making a fully informed decision. We urge our supporters to take action to support this legislation.

Competent individuals should have the power to control their own bodies and lives, including the medical care they undertake in support of both. For terminally ill patients with a prognosis of less than six months to live, this right of self-determination includes the choice to take medicines to end their life in a dignified manner and thus determine for themselves how best to manage the process of dying that has already begun. Opponents mischaracterize such a choice as suicide rather than a medical response to an existing terminal illness, ignoring the substantive differences in causation and intent. The state should respect the individual’s autonomy and right of self-determination by removing the current legal prohibition against medical professionals and facilities assisting a patient to make this choice.

A person facing end of life decisions is confronted with an intensely personal choice, one at the very heart of the libertarian conception of self-ownership. Our death is arguably the single most personal event of our lives. While our death may impact our friends and loved ones, it remains our death and unlike our birth, we are capable of understanding its gravity and consequences. Some may not agree with a person’s choice to expedite an inevitable death or with the morality of that choice. Still others believe it is the most moral of sentiments to exercise self-control in an ongoing process of their dying, in order to preserve their personal dignity. For libertarians, the key commitment is that the government should not prevent that individual choice with the force of law. The individual patient is best situated to make their own moral and intellectual choices concerning their death and to choose the medical care that protects their personal dignity during the process of dying.

The End-of-Life Option Act is consistent with the Libertarian Party’s platform positions respecting personal autonomy and an individual’s choice of their health care, including “the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.”

We also commend the End-of-Life Option Act’s protection of the doctors and medical facilities’ choice to participate or not, which respects their autonomy to make their own ethical and professional choices. The bill sets forth procedural safeguards, including a requirement that two independent physicians certify the diagnosis of a terminal illness, that the decision is voluntarily undertaken (no coercion) and the patient is competent (no impaired judgment, including depression). The patient must personally and voluntarily initiate the process (it cannot be done through an agent, guardian, or durable power of attorney) and can rescind their decision to proceed at any time. The patient does this by making two verbal requests for the medicine, with the second request made no less than 15 days after the first request. At least one of the oral requests must be done while the patient is alone with the attending physician, to prevent undue influence by others. During the 15-day waiting period after the first request, the patient must also fill out a written form requesting the medication, witnessed by two people (only one of whom can be a relative, be entitled to a benefit from the patient’s death, or a person associated with the health care facility in which the patient is receiving treatment). The patient can receive the medication but is under no obligation to take the medication. The patient must be capable of self-administering the medicine.

The Libertarian Party of Maryland has joined with Compassion & Choices-Maryland and many other groups and individuals working to pass the bill. If you are interested in helping, we urge you to contact your legislators to urge their support. You can testify in support of the bills on February 15th in the House and February 19th in the Senate. You can also write letters to the editor in support of the legislation. Contact Eric Blitz with any questions at 410-812-7265.

Eric Blitz, Director of Legislative Affairs, Libertarian Party of Maryland

Election Night Party

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lpmd_smaller2018 candidate for Governor Shawn Quinn and the Maryland Libertarian Party will be hosting an election night party at the Savage Fire Hall, 8521 Corridor Road in Savage, MD 20763, from 8 to 11:30 pm.

Tickets are $26 per person, and include:

  • DJ and a band
  • Bourbon Street meatballs
  • Red beans and rice
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Turkey
  • Fruit tray
  • Vegetable tray
  • Cheese and cracker tray
  • Cake
  • Open bar

Click here to purchase your ticket.

December 2018 issue of Free? State Libertarian

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MdLP Letterhead

=====> DEADLINE:  noon Monday, November 5*, 2018!!! <=====
(But you don’t have to wait until the last minute.  Really.)

The next issue of the Free? State Libertarian newsletter is planned to be out for December.  Looking for articles, comments, and photos from events since the last issue.  Okay, I know the election is next Tuesday — so for articles and photos about Election Day, you can send them a day or two after Nov. 6. *But please drop me a note telling me you will be submitting input after the election and when you expect to have it completed.  I really want articles from our candidates and campaign staff — include pics!

Please report on any letters to the editor that you had published, radio or tv appearances, or anything relevant across the state that has some connection to a Libertarian issue for the regular feature IN THE NEWS.  The subsequent issue will be for April, so if you have any outreach plans between now and then, it would be beneficial to include them now as well.  Anything else you can think of.  Local Groups/College chair and officers’ reports, announcements, and general articles are solicited.  Please send in any info on upcoming events, meetings, and get-togethers as well.  I have no pictures from the August picnic, either, so if you have any send them along please.

Please don’t send me a note telling me that I (or somebody else) should write an article on a favorite topic.  Write it yourself or solicit someone else for the job.  I don’t mind cleaning text up, but the content should be yours.  Also please don’t forward me articles that have been published in some other newspaper or magazine for reprinting unless you have already secured reprint permission for the FSL.  A short excerpt is fine, particularly if you are going to comment on it, but I’m not keen on making our newsletter a reprint vehicle.

Please email articles to email hidden; JavaScript is required, fax 214-889-3668, or snail mail to LPMD Newsletter, PO Box 321, Owings Mills, MD 21117.  Photos are also solicited.  I much prefer text via email so that I don’t have to retype it.  I can convert from most any word processing format.  Don’t be ashamed to hand me hard copy, though.  I want your articles any way you can generate them.  Dictate to a cassette tape if you have to, and I’ll (have Google) transcribe it.  I’m not kidding!  We need submissions — either about something in Maryland, or written by someone in Maryland.  Preference is given to authors who are MdLP members.

Back issues can be found at http://LPmaryland.org/free-state-libertarian-newsletters/
I am also looking for advertising — do you know anyone who is willing to place ads?  Or put a message in yourself to help support the MdLP.  (It’s a convenient way to contribute by placing a business card, etc. — maybe you can deduct it as an advertising expense.)  Ask your business associates, local vendors, etc. if they’ll at least put a business card ad in.

Advertising Rates

$100 Full Page
$60 1/2 Page
$35 1/4 Page (both sides of a business card)
$20 1/8 Page (business card)

Make checks payable to the Md. Libertarian Party, and send along with copy to PO Box 321, Owings Mills, MD 21117.  (Or use the Donate Now option on the webpage to pay, select “General Contribution,” and email the copy.)

=====> DEADLINE:  noon Monday, November 5*, 2018!!! <=====

Please mention this to anyone concerned you know who is not a recipient of this email.

Thanks,
Robert E. Glaser
Free? State Libertarian Editor

MDLP gubernatorial and US House 1st candidate event Saturday on Kent Island

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Maryland Libertarian Party candidate for Governor Shawn Quinn and US House first congressional candidate Jenica Martin will appear at the Queen Anne’s County Library on Saturday, September 15, from  2 to 4 pm.

The library is located at 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD 21666.

Click here for the map and directions.

Summer Picnic August 18

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The Maryland Libertarian Party summer picnic will take place on Saturday, August 18, from 2 to 6 pm, at the home of Dave and Renee Sten in Cecil County, MD.

The Stens live at 16 Partridge Lane in North East. Be sure to follow the signs to the picnic grounds.

Click here for a map of the location.

The cost for the picnic is only $12 if you pay before the day of the picnic, and $15 at the picnic.

Click here to sign up for the picnic.

In addition, the minutes from the last Central Committee meeting (the spring convention) will be up for approval. Click here to read the meeting minutes.

Contact me with any questions at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Bob Johnston

 

 

 

Anne Arundel County meeting July 9

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The Anne Arundel County LP invites you to join your libertarian and libertarian-ish neighbors for a sociable evening of drinks and politics at Libations in Millersville this coming Monday, July 9, from 6 to 8 pm.  Cash bar and food at what is supposed to be (!) happy-hour prices. It is an open and informal event, so please do bring your friends who might be interested.

For more information, contact Chris Wallace at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

 

 

August 2018 issue of Free? State Libertarian

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=====> DEADLINE:  noon Monday, July 16, 2018!!! <=====
(But you don’t have to wait until the last minute.  Really.)

The next issue of the Free? State Libertarian newsletter is planned to be out for August.  Looking for articles, comments, and photos from events since the last issue.  I am sending this announcement out a little earlier than usual because some of you are attending the National Convention and I want to receive articles on our delegation’s experiences there — include pics!

Please report on any letters to the editor that you had published, radio or tv appearances, or anything relevant across the state that has some connection to a Libertarian issue for the regular feature IN THE NEWS.  The subsequent issue will be for December, so if you have any outreach plans between now and then, it would be beneficial to include them now as well.  Anything else you can think of.  Local Groups/College chair and officers’ reports, announcements, and general articles are solicited.  Please send in any info on upcoming events, meetings, and get-togethers as well.

Please don’t send me a note telling me that I (or somebody else) should write an article on a favorite topic.  Write it yourself or solicit someone else for the job.  I don’t mind cleaning text up, but the content should be yours.  Also please don’t forward me articles that have been published in some other newspaper or magazine for reprinting unless you have already secured reprint permission for the FSL.  A short excerpt is fine, particularly if you are going to comment on it, but I’m not keen on making our newsletter a reprint vehicle.

Please email articles to email hidden; JavaScript is required, fax 214-889-3668, or snail mail (earlier delivered deadline of July 11) to LPMD Newsletter, PO Box 321, Owings Mills, MD 21117.  Photos are also solicited.  I much prefer text via email so that I don’t have to retype it.  I can convert from most any word processing format.  Don’t be ashamed to hand me hard copy, though.  I want your articles any way you can generate them.  Dictate to a cassette tape if you have to, and I’ll (have Google) transcribe it.  I’m not kidding!  We need submissions — either about something in Maryland, or written by someone in Maryland.  Preference is given to authors who are MdLP members.

Back issues can be found at http://LPmaryland.org/free-state-libertarian-newsletters/
I am also looking for advertising — do you know anyone who is willing to place ads?  Or put a message in yourself to help support the MdLP.  (It’s a convenient way to contribute by placing a business card, etc. — maybe you can deduct it as an advertising expense.)  Ask your business associates, local vendors, etc. if they’ll at least put a business card ad in.

Advertising Rates

$100 Full Page
$60 1/2 Page
$35 1/4 Page (both sides of a business card)
$20 1/8 Page (business card)

Make checks payable to the Md. Libertarian Party, and send along with copy to PO Box 321, Owings Mills, MD 21117.  (Or use the Donate Now option on the webpage to pay, select “General Contribution,” and email the copy.)

=====> DEADLINE:  noon Monday, July 16, 2018!!! <=====

Please mention this to anyone concerned you know who is not a recipient of this email.

Thanks,
Robert E. Glaser
Free? State Libertarian Editor