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Newspapers Across the Country Recognize the Importance of Protecting D.C.’s Death With Dignity Act From Federal Interference

By Alyson Lynch, Marketing and Communications Assistant, Compassion & Choices

In today’s unprecedentedly crowded news cycle, when breaking stories seem to arrive by the hour, medical aid in dying remains a hot topic newspapers want to cover. In the past few weeks since the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) to repeal the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying law, both English- and Spanish-language newspaper outlets have 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. Below is a summary of their editorial support.

Finally, Compassion & Choices’ Chief Program Officer Kim Callinan and revered civil-rights activist Dolores Huerta wrote op-eds voicing their outrage at Congress’ actions. Callinan’s op-ed published by CNN.com further admonishes Congressman Harris’ for his baseless claims about D.C.’s law. Dolores Huerta voiced her support for the law in the San Jose Mercury News, and in Spanish-language papers in Chicago, LA Raza, and New York City, El Diario. Huerta worked tirelessly to pass the California End of Life Option Act after her mother “died in agony” from breast cancer. She asks Congress to remember that “how we die is an intensely personal, private family issue, not a political one.”