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Washington, D.C. is the seventh jurisdiction to authorize medical aid in dying. Since then, Compassion & Choices has been fighting numerous Congressional and Administration challenges to the law.

Just two weeks after the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act, our opponents in the House have launched yet another assault against end-of-life options. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), who led the charge to stop D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act from going into effect, and a bipartisan group of nine other congressmen, including two from authorized states, have introduced a non-binding resolution to make Congress’ opposition to medical aid in dying official.

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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.


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