Don’t Let Assisted Suicide Come to the Nation’s Capital
The Council of the District of Columbia has given preliminary approval to a bill legalizing doctor-assisted suicide. Soon the Council is expected to submit this measure to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature and ultimately to Congress for its review.
This situation deserves national scrutiny because it poses great risks to the people of our nation’s capital. Those risks arise partly from the assisted suicide agenda generally, and partly from special circumstances in the District where I once lived and worked.
The general risks are evident from the way similar laws have worked in Oregon, which voted for this agenda in 1994, and in Washington state, where I now live, which followed suit in 2008. (California so far has produced no data on the results of its similar 2015 law.) While proponents say the data show there is no “abuse,” and no slippery slope toward a broader agenda, the opposite is true.
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Public Discourse | Richard M. Doerflinger