District of Columbia Council recently voted to legalize physician-assisted suicide

February 14, 2017
Dear CMA Member,
You may have heard that the District of Columbia Council recently voted to legalize physician-assisted suicide.  However, Congress can still use a “disapproval measure” to stop this deadly law.  They can exercise their rarely-invoked constitutional authority to overturn this D.C. law, to save the lives of vulnerable patients.  But they must act quickly—this week—to meet the deadline to do so.
On Monday, February 13, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a session on Rep. Brad Wenstrup, MD’s resolution (H.J.Res.27) disapproving the DC Council’s law legalizing physician-assisted suicide.  Sen. James Lankford has introduced the disapproval resolution in the Senate. Congress must act during this week of February 13 to meet the deadline to disapprove the law passed.
The D.C. law is an example of a dangerous utilitarian judgment which views some lives as “not being worth living.”  D.C. is our nation’s capital and is viewed as a symbol of American values; this law promoting assisted suicide therefore sends a chilling message worldwide.
Many of our members may have already reached out to members of Congress on this issue; if you haven’t done so, now is the time.
To learn more about the dangers of this assisted suicide law, click here for a well-written piece by the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
To tell your members of Congress to stop this dangerous law, you can do the following:
  • Click here and input your name and address on the Freedom2Care legislative action website, to send an automatic short email to your members of Congress asking them to support the disapproval resolution.
  • Call your members of Congress and urge them to vote for H.J. Res 27. Do this by:
-Calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121;
-Finding your Representative with your ZIP code by clicking here, or
-If you know your Representative’s name, look his/her number up on this list.
Once you are connected, tell the staffer on the line that you are a constituent and would like the Representative to know that you support Resolution 27 and you oppose assisted suicide.
Please act now to urge Congress to act before the deadline.
Thank you for your actions helping prevent harm to patients, and upholding true care for them,
Steven White, MD
Chair – Healthcare Policy Committee
Tara Plymouth, RN
Director of Membership Services and Public Policy

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