House Votes to Strike Down D.C. Assisted Suicide Law

The House of Representatives voted Thursday, as part of a spending bill, to strike down “The Death with Dignity Act of 2015” which was signed into law in December 2016 by Mayor Muriel Bowser and legalizes assisted suicide in the District of Columbia.

“House Republicans express endless love of local control of local affairs, their central party principle, except when it comes to the District of Columbia,” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said in a statement. “They preach the constitutional principle of federalism, yet use the big foot of the federal government to undemocratically overturn and block local D.C. policies they disagree with, solely on a political basis.”

Rep Andy Harris (R-MD) introduced an amendment opposing the assisted suicide measure back in July.

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