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.
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.
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 […]Read More
The District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the D.C. Death with Dignity Act, will take effect tomorrow, Sat., Feb. 18, because opponents failed to get the support necessary in Congress to stop the bill from becoming law. The Death with Dignity Act was transmitted by the D.C. Council to the House and Senate on Jan. […]Read More
Compassion & Choices blasted the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee tonight for voting 22-14 to advance a disapproval resolution, H.J. Res. 27, to overturn the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. The resolution will face a vote by the full House of Representatives this week. “We will work with our partners, advocates and D.C. […]Read More