Voices of Reason - Donna Smith: The Fight for Death with Dignity Legislation in DC/MD

Sunday, September 27th 2015 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, September 27th 2015 at 4:00 pm
Hill Center DC-Drummond Hall, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Eastern Market Metro)

This event is co-sponsored with Compassion & Choices

DC council member Mary Cheh who is sponsoring the legislation will also be in attendance.  

The Washington, DC city council and Maryland state legislature are currently considering legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to request prescriptions for life ending medication. The bills are modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act of 1997. The only other states with similar laws allowing physician aid in dying are Washington state and Vermont. CFI–DC has joined numerous local groups including Compassion & Choices and drafted a letter of support that was presented to the DC city council in a July meeting of the health and human services committee.

Donna Smith is the legislative and field manager for Compassion & Choices in DC and Maryland—the leading advocacy group for aid in dying. In her presentation, she will provide an overview of the proposed legislation as well as information on local lobbying and advocacy efforts.   

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Free and open to the public (Registration Required) 

Prior to joining Compassion & Choices, Smith served as a policy chief and communications director for the Maryland Department of Aging. In this capacity she was detailed to work on the White House Conference on Aging as a policy and outreach specialist. Smith has a Bachelor's degree from Tuskegee University and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School.

Compassion & Choices is the leading nonprofit organization committed to protecting and expanding options at the end of life. 

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The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.