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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Dying patients and their families often are unaware of their various options for end-of-life care, as well as the benefits and burdens of each option. For example, hospice and palliative comfort care often extend both the quality and quantity of life, in contrast to agonizing, futile “curative” treatments that cause needless suffering. Unfortunately, while hospice […]Read More
Compassion & Choices thanked the Senate for rejecting a policy rider today attached to a government funding bill approved on July 19 by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. The policy rider was part of the House-approved version of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related […]Read More
(Washington, D.C. – June 14, 2018) Compassion & Choices urged Congress to reject a policy rider attached to a government funding bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee late Wednesday night that would repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity Act. The policy rider is part of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for […]Read More