I support H.J. Res. 27, rejecting the D.C. assisted suicide act
UPDATE 02/13/2017: Breaking news that the House Commitee on Oversight and Government reform has PASSED the resolution to overturn D.C.'s assisted suicide law. This is an important first step toward victory! But the fight isn't over yet. Congress must overturn the D.C. measure by Friday to comply with the 30-day statutory review period. We only have a few days left, so please SHARE this petition widely before time runs out!
By supporting H.J. Res. 27 you will:
- Prevent non-voluntary Assisted Suicide,
- Prevent non-voluntary Euthanasia,
- Prevent legal elder abuse,
- Prevent the suicide contagion, including for young people,
- Prevent people with years or decades to live, from throwing away their lives,
- Preserve government transparency and integrity, and
- Prevent national and international security risks.
The Act is based on a similar law in Oregon, enacted in late 1997. By 2000, Oregon’s conventional suicide rate was “increasing significantly” and has continued to rise over time. This is consistent with a suicide contagion in which the legalization of physician-assisted suicide has encouraged other suicides.
Elder abuse is a significant problem in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States. Victims may even be murdered. The D.C. Department of Human Services states: “Typically, the abuser is a relative, frequently an adult child of the victim.”
The Act allows a patient’s adult child, who will financially benefit from the patient’s death, to actively participate in the lethal drug request process. In the context of an executing a will, similar conduct is used to prove coercion and undue influence.
Once the lethal dose is issued by the pharmacy, there is no oversight. No witness, not even a doctor is required to be present at the death. Even if the patient struggled, who would know?
We need to make sure assisted suicide is not permitted in Washington D.C.! That's why we need to suppor H.J. Res. 27, which states:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the Congress disapproves of the action of the District of Columbia Council described as follows: The Death with Dignity Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21–577), signed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia on December 19, 2016, and transmitted to Congress pursuant to section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act on January 6, 2017.
- Sign the petition right now, asking the members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to support H.J. Res. 27
- Then you can also find your representative, and call or email them to urge their support of H.J. Res 27
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