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On February 18, 2017, the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act went into effect, becoming the seventh jurisdiction to authorize medical aid in dying.

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History

The Death with Dignity Act of 2015 was introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh on Jan. 4, 2015, in the Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee. Compassion & Choices worked with Cheh and her staff to strategize and secure votes for the bill.

The bill passed out of the Health and Human Services committee on October 5, 2016, and ultimately passed two Council of the Whole votes with a 11-2 vote and a veto-proof margin. In the final Council of the Whole vote, Compassion & Choices staff and volunteers came out in support of the bill, and Councilmember Cheh thanked C&C for our work on the ground.

/ May 8, 2017

Compassion & Choices and Terminally Ill D.C. Residents Advocate for Right to Access Death with Dignity Act at D.C. Council Budget Oversight Hearing on Health

Compassion & Choices staff and D.C. residents testified at the D.C. Council Budget Oversight Hearing on Health to urge swift action to ensure that all steps necessary to ensure residents the option of medical aid in dying is completed. “Our organization, healthcare providers and most importantly the patients who desperately need this option recognize that […]

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