Thursday, November 17, 2016

Washington D.C. Passes Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide, Targeting Elderly Black People

by Micaiah Bilger

The Washington, D.C. City Council passed a bill to legalize assisted suicide on Tuesday despite opposition from black residents in the city, disability rights advocates, medical professionals and others.

Council members voted 11-2 to approve B-21-28, and sent it to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk, according to the Washington Examiner. The bill would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in the nation’s capital, allowing anyone 18 years old or older who has a prognosis of six months or fewer to live to request lethal drugs from their doctor to commit suicide.

Bowser previously said she will not veto the legislation.  Congress also must approve it before it becomes law.

Many D.C. residents expressed concerns about the doctor-prescribed suicide legislation, arguing that it would threaten the lives of the elderly, those with disabilities, the chronically ill and the poor.

Please contact Mayor Muriel Bowser by clicking here.   The Mayor's office can also be reached by mail at: Executive Office of the Mayor, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 316, Washington, DC 20004.

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