District of Columbia Council passes Death With Dignity Act

District of Columbia Council passes Death With Dignity Act

The District of Columbia is poised to become the seventh jurisdiction in the U.S. where medical aid in dying is authorised for terminally ill residents after the D.C. Council passed the D.C. Death with Dignity Act by an 11-2 margin. The bill will now go to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has pledged not to veto the legislation. “This is a historic victory because D.C. is the largest and most diversely populated East Coast jurisdiction to authorize medical aid in dying,” said Donna Smith of Compassion & Choices.

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