Congress Allows DC’s Death With Dignity Act to Stand

Congressional leaders chose to protect the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act by excluding a House-approved appropriations bill rider to overturn the law from the final omnibus appropriations bill signed into law this past Friday (March 23). Last September, the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill (HR 3354) that included an amendment by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) to repeal the DC Death with Dignity Act, which authorizes medical aid in dying in the District. “For seven long months, terminally ill D.C. residents like Mary Klein have been living on pins and needles worrying if Congress would take away this peaceful option to end unbearable suffering,” said Kim Callinan, CEO of Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization wor [...]

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3/23/18 5:58 PM

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