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Death with Dignity


Five states allow doctor to assist terminally ill patients in dying — Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico. As the Maryland General Assembly considers the issue, we take a look at both sides of the “right to die” debate. Some call it "death with dignity," others see it as "physician-assisted suicide." Our guests: Brandi Alexander, regional campaign manager for the Maryland branch of Compassion & Choices, which supports legislation to allow doctor assistance with death for some patients in Maryland; and Samantha Crane, board member of Not Dead Yet, a disability rights organization that opposes assisted suicide.

Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.