WASHINGTON, DC -- This week doctors in DC were given the green light to help terminally ill patients end their lives if they so choose, with the newly implemented Death with Dignity Act.
However, Congress is threatening to overturn the law with a new amendment to repeal it.
“Congress needs to leave its hands off DC.”, says resident Steve Fuchs.
He shares the sentiment of many Washingtonians who feel that DC's Death with Dignity Act needs to be left alone.
Mayor Muriel Bowser signed off on the controversial law late last year, which was implemented this week.
That implementation comes just after the House Appropriations Committee voted on a measure Thursday, to repeal the act and block DC from receiving funding to enact it.
Opponents of the Death with Dignity Act, like Catherine Glenn Foster, President of Americans United for Life, say the law goes against the Hippocratic oath and argues that it works against the vulnerable.
She said, “When you fight against them, it leads to a mistake, it leads to coercion, and to abuse including to the most vulnerable people in our society, the elder adult community and the disabled community.”
Glenn Foster is pushing for more support and counseling for terminally ill patients.
However, Compassion and Choices, an organization who’s pushed for Death with Dignity, sees the law as essential.
Chief Program Officer, Kim Callinan said, “There are terminally ill people in Washington, DC who get peace of mind just by knowing that this option is available to them and it’s our mission to make sure that we’re able to keep this as an option to DC residents.”
“I believe it’s someone’s right if they’re suffering. We police people too much and if I’m suffering, it’s really no one’s business how I choose to come to my demise.”, says resident Jessica Roans.
So far, DC has joined five other states in its passing of the Death with Dignity Act.