Race for Congress to block D.C. assisted-suicide law

Congress took its first step toward blocking D.C.’s doctor-prescribed suicide law on Thursday, but the action will need the support of both houses of Congress and the president.

“America must be a nation that supports and cherishes human life, no matter the age, ethnicity or health of that life,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) stated Jan. 12 after introducing a resolution in the Senate that opposes D.C.’s “Death With Dignity Act of 2015.” The law had legalized doctor-prescribed suicide in the District.

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