Both sides make emotional pleas as lawmakers oppose physician-assisted suicide in D.C.

Lawmakers, disability rights activists and doctors held an emotionally charged press conference Wednesday to announce the introduction of a House resolution opposing physician-assisted suicide.

The bipartisan resolution was introduced less than two weeks after House Republicans passed a spending bill that would repeal the D.C. Death With Dignity Act, which went into effect in February and made the District the seventh jurisdiction to allow physician-assisted suicide.

But discontent over Congress‘ failed efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare spilled over into the aid-in-dying debate when a young man in the audience shouted down Rep. Brad R. Wenstrup, Ohio Republican and the resolution’s chief sponsor.

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