‘Death With Dignity Act’ clears first hurdle as D.C. weighs physician-assisted suicide

Legislation authorizing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients cleared its first major hurdle Wednesday in the D.C. Council as the District looks to join a small number of states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide in the past quarter-century.

Introduced by Council member Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, the “Death With Dignity Act” made it out of the five-member Committee on Health and Human Services by a 3-2 vote and is expected to go before the full council in the coming weeks.

“I introduced this bill to give dying patients greater choice and control over their final moments,” Ms. Cheh said in deliberations before the vote. “In the face of imminent death, meeting a patient’s individual needs and wishes compassionately should be our top priority. If a dying person wishes to peacefully end his or her life rather than endure prolonged pain and suffering, we should not stand in their way.”

Only five states — California, Oregon, Montana, Vermont and Washington — have legalized physician-assisted suicide since 1994, the year a ballot measure was narrowly passed in Oregon, while 22 states have introduced but ultimately failed to pass similar measures over that span.

But the right-to-die movement has made significant gains in the last decade.

9 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Rodney Steward says:

    Notice all these states are run by Dems. socialist party! This is murder in the eyes of God!

  • Dan says:

    So what judge in the Supreme Court will define whether your illness is “terminal”?….Does anyone remember Dr. Jack Kevorkian? He went to jail for these practices. No doubt this service is buried somewhere in the Obamacare policy. VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP!

  • Denise says:

    Look up the definition of suicide, it is self murder. Soon the government will have yet another foot in the door allowing for the legal murder its citizens. This practice will quickly evolve from an option to an obligation. “You don’t want to be a burden to your family and your government, do you?”
    This practice, like abortion, is not humane, it’s satanic! It is GOD, the Creator, who has numbered hairs on your head and the number of your days.

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      You are so right!!

      1. Denise says:

        Most people can’t see what is really happening here. From Abortion, to assisted suicide, to race wars; add to this todays
        Gender insanity and the picture begins to come into focus.
        Obama has eliminated all gender terms, and has now banned the military’s use of the word “Man” to the neutered, “Soldier.”
        This is a satanic war on GOD! Genesis 1:27, So God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.
        This is Satan’s, Obama’s, Islam’s, and the Left’s, war on the very image of GOD. They, with the help of many others, seek to destroy mankind because he is made in the image of GOD, both male and female.
        Exterminating life at every turn, they do their masters bidding. John 8: 41-47, You belong to your father the devil… He was a murderer from the beginning…

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          Makes you wonder which of the Evil ones here wear the 6’s!!

          1. Denise says:

            So many to choose from! Brace yourself, we’re in for a rough ride!

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            YES, for we are in the End Times!!

          3. Denise says:

            Yes, indeed! “We are a chosen generation,” each one of us alive today was chosen for a time such as this. Now is the time to assume our position as watchmen on the wall, and cry out to any who might listen…”There is salvation only through the shed blood of Jesus!” Perhaps, some will heed the warning, repent, and be saved. Meanwhile, we can expect hatred towards us, and towards GOD, to increase. Be strong in the Lord my brother, and keep looking up! Come Lord Jesus!

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