Earlier this week, the D.C. City Council passed the so-called Death with Dignity Act (B21-38), which would legalize assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. Mayor Muriel Bowser must now review the legislation and either sign it into law or veto it. Our Catholic faith teaches us that assisted suicide gravely violates the sacred value of all human life.
This bill imperils residents in our communities, particularly those who are sick, elderly, disabled, and uninsured. It allows for coercion and abuse including third-parties administering the lethal drugs to patients who are incapacitated or who may not be aware of a request for assisted suicide. It also undermines the medical profession's healing mission.
There is still time for us to add our voices to the loud call for a veto. The DC Catholic Conference is part of the NoDCSuicide coalition; please consider going to the noDCsuicide.org web site, signing their petition calling for a veto of the bill or calling Mayor Bowser’s office to urge a veto at: (202) 727-2643. Thank you.