D.C. Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Goes Into Effect

D.C. Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Goes Into Effect

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted Monday to send a disapproval resolution to the House floor, but it never received a vote. A corresponding Senate resolution did not make it out of committee.

The District joins five states—California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—where physician-assisted suicide laws have been legislatively enacted. The Montana Supreme Court has also ruled that the practice does not violate state law there.

Congress can still neutralize the Death with Dignity Act by cutting off its funding through the appropriations process.

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