A year after D.C. passed its controversial assisted suicide law, not a single patient has used it

A year after D.C. passed its controversial assisted suicide law, not a single patient has used it

Doctors are not signing up to help their patients kill themselves.

Nearly a year after the District enacted a law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives — over the objections of congressional Republicans, religious groups and advocates for the disabled — not a single patient has used it.

And just two of the approximately 11,000 physicians licensed to practice in the District have registered to help patients exercise their rights under the law. Only one hospital has cleared doctors to participate.

Mary Klein, a D.C. resident in the final stages of cancer who became the public face of the movement, says she hasn’t been able to find a willing doctor.

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