Doctor loses license over assisted suicides


Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore anesthesiologist who made national news as “The New Doctor Death” held the hands of six elderly Marylanders as they asphyxiated themselves with helium and then covered up their suicides, officials said in a state order they filed this month to strip him of his medical license.

The suicides are among nearly 300 nationwide that Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert said he helped to arrange as an “exit guide” for the right-to-die group Final Exit Network.


The Maryland Board of Physicians, which conducted a two-year review of his actions in the state, said they were unethical and illegal and revoked his license.

Egbert plans to appeal. He is awaiting trial in Minnesota and has been arrested in Georgia but received “no punishment” there or in Arizona. The Sun couldn’t get the Board of Physicians or law enforcement to confirm any criminal referral or investigation.

In opposition to church law, Heather Mizeur (a Catholic) pushed for assisted suicide legalizationp as part of her failed primary campaign for governor. It appears there may be a push during the 2015 legislative session for legalization by activists including a group called Compassion & Choices.

I would hope the general assembly would have the common sense not to pass this legislation and I wouldn’t expect Governor-elect Hogan to sign it.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

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