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.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed a government funding bill that does not include the Harris Amendment, which would repeal Washington, D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act. Compassion & Choices has been working nonstop over the past year to protect D.C.’s law and keep the repeal from becoming a part of this final spending bill. Though we’ve won this important battle, this fight isn’t over. Congress will soon turn to working on next year’s spending bill, and it’s likely that Harris or another opponent will again try to force their values on the nation’s capital.
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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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Compassion & Choices praised Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for her vow today to prevent congressional opponents of D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act from repealing the law this year, as she did last year. The law gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live the option to get a doctor’s prescription […]Read More
Compassion & Choices thanked congressional leaders for protecting D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act by excluding a House-approved appropriations bill rider to overturn the law from the final omnibus appropriations bill President Trump signed into law this afternoon. Last September, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 3354) that included an amendment by […]Read More
Cincuenta y nueve líderes de fé de diversas denominaciones entregaron hoy una carta al Congreso instando a los legisladores a “ser misericordiosos como su padres en el cielo” rechazando la actual legislación para revocar la ley de ayuda médica para morir de D.C. y la oposición a esta opción de atención al final de la […]Read More