Washington, D.C.’s, Death with Dignity Act took effect on July 17, 2017, becoming 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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Last Thursday, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton hosted an event at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th annual legislative conference to detail how Congress is usurping the District of Columbia’s autonomy to make its own laws. She introduced Compassion & Choices National Constituency Director Brandi Alexander to speak about the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent […]Read More
(Washington, D.C. – Sept. 14, 2017) Supporters of D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act criticized the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing the 2018 D.C. Appropriations bill with a rider to repeal the District’s medical-aid-in-dying law. Similar to laws in six states, the D.C. Death with Dignity Act gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with […]Read More
For nearly two years, the elected officials and residents of the District of Columbia debated the D.C. Death with Dignity Act as an option for terminally ill adults to peacefully end unbearable suffering at the end of life. They held or participated in hearings, rallies, protests and town halls, and wrote to their local papers […]Read More