WASHINGTON — DC Council passed the “death with dignity” bill Tuesday, sending it to the mayor for final approval.
The bill would allow terminally ill patients over 18 years old, with six months or fewer to live to request lethal medication from their doctors.
The council voted 11-2 to pass the measure with council members Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1, and Yvette Alexander, Ward 7, voting against it.
In it’s first reading Nov. 1, some council members expressed the difficulty they were having personally in supporting the legislation. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5, was brought to tears recounting his father’s final days and remarked that it was “by far my toughest vote in the four- and-a-half years on this body,” he said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: What are your thoughts on this bill?