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Status of Medical Aid in Dying

The Washington, D.C., Death With Dignity Act went into effect on June 6, 2017, authorizing the compassionate option of medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully. Through our access campaign, Compassion & Choices continues to educate health care providers and residents of Washington, D.C., about medical aid in dying and the full breadth of end-of-life options.

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We created a series of PSAs with Diane Rehm and Dr. Omega Silva to explain D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law.

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House Fails to Pass Unprecedented Rider to Repeal D.C. Death with Dignity Act, Prevent D.C. Council from Re-passing It
November 9, 2023

End-of-life care advocates are cautiously relieved that the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a federal spending bill Thursday with an unprecedented policy rider to repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity Act and prohibit the D.C. Council from ever re-passing a medical aid-in-dying law. The rider was attached to the 2024 Financial Services and Government and General Government appropriations legislation…

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Viuda de Primera Persona Conocida en Utilizar Ley de Muerte con Dignidad de D.C. Crítica al Comité de la Cámara de Representantes por Aprobar Cláusula Adicional para Derogar Ley
October 18, 2023

La viuda de la primera persona conocida en utilizar la Ley de Muerte con Dignidad de D.C. criticó duramente al Comité de Asignaciones de la Cámara de Representantes por aprobar el jueves un proyecto de ley de gastos del Distrito de Columbia (D.C.) que incluye una cláusula adicional no relacionada para derogar esta ley que brinda…

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Dying D.C. Residents Will Suffer if House Approps D.C. Rider Becomes Law
July 22, 2023

“The House appropriations bill’s rider released today to repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity Act and to prevent the D.C. Council from repassing it in the future is cruel and unusual punishment for terminally ill D.C. residents who will suffer needlessly if this bill becomes law,” said Donna Smith, D.C. campaign director for Compassion & Choices. “This is congressional…

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May 2, 2022

Nuevo Grupo Servirá Como Un Recurso para Otros Católicos en Determinar Cómo su Fe les da a Conocer Puntos de Vista Sobre la Planificación y las Opciones de Cuidados de Salud Para el Fin de Vida  Compassion & Choices, la organización sin fines de lucro más antigua, más grande y más activa que trabaja para ampliar…

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Compassion & Choices Launches New Group of Faithful Catholics
May 2, 2022

New group will serve as a resource to other Catholics in determining how their faith informs views on end-of-life planning and options  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Compassion & Choices, the oldest, largest, and most active nonprofit working to expand and improve healthcare options at the end of life, today announced the creation of Catholics for Compassion, a group…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Omega Silva
April 28, 2020

Compassion & Choices mourns the death on April 2, 2020, of Dr. Omega Silva, a retired Washington, D.C., physician who lived with three cancer diagnoses. She taught and practiced medicine for over 50 years in Washington DC and vicinity, she served as the first female president of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association and was…

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