DC to Vote on Death With Dignity Bill

DC to Vote on Death With Dignity Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia lawmakers are set to vote for the final time on a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a doctor.

The "Death with Dignity" bill was approved earlier this month on an 11-to-2 vote. That's a veto-proof margin, and Mayor Muriel Bowser said she would not veto the legislation. The council will vote Tuesday on whether to send it to the mayor.

The bill would allow patients with six months or less to live to request lethal medication from their doctors. Physician-assisted death is legal in five states.

In the District, opponents expressed concern that poor people would be pushed to end their lives prematurely rather than undergo costly treatment. Supporters said those concerns were unfounded.

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