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Groundswell of Support Grows Around D.C. Law

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

As our battle to stop Congress from repealing D.C’s Death with Dignity Act continues, voices from all corners of the nation are getting louder. Compassion & Choices’ Week of Action around the matter resulted in an enormous response, and high-profile media outlets are speaking out as well.

We started the Week of Action — an initiative to appeal to lawmakers to not repeal the act — with a goal of 3,200 supporters to sending a message to their representatives and senators. At the week’s close, 3,790 people responded with messages, as well as more than 11,000 emails and over 120 phone calls.

Further amplifying our reach, both English- and Spanish-language newspaper outlets have recently editorialized in support of D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act. They recognize that this federal interference sets a dangerous precedent that could inspire opponents to attempt to ban medical aid in dying across the country. Highlights include:

Finally, Compassion & Choices’ Chief Program Officer Kim Callinan and legendary civil-rights activist Dolores Huerta wrote op-eds voicing their outrage at Congress’ actions. Huerta, who worked to pass the California End of Life Option Act, asked Congress to remember that “how we die is an intensely personal, private family issue, not a political one.”