Maryland House Approves Assisted Suicide Measure

(Annapolis)- The Maryland House of Delegates is approving a bill that would legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in the state. The bill passed in a 74-66 vote, three more than the 71 votes needed for passage. The legislation would allow terminally ill patients to obtain a prescription that would end their lives if a physician determines they have less than six months to live and they have the capacity to make the decision on their own. The measure failed three previous times in the General Assembly. The bill now heads to the Maryland Senate.