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Feb. 18, 2017 – DC Becomes Seventh Jurisdiction in United States to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

“The District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act takes effect Saturday as Republicans opponents on Capitol Hill were unable to block the new law.

Although the new D.C. law was submitted to the House and Senate on January 6 for a 30-legislative-day review period under the Home Rule Act, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz could not convince his Senate counterpart, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, to take up the issue…

D.C. is now the seventh jurisdiction in the country to legalize medically assisted suicide. Congress can still vote to overturn the law or attempt to defund it, however, in the future, but doing so after it goes into effect is more difficult.”