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D.C. Council Advances Right-to-Die Legislation; Will Debate and Vote Next Month

October 20, 2016

(Washington Post) – The D.C. Council will take up legislation to allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill residents on Nov. 1, lawmakers decided Tuesday. The council opted to put the matter on its legislative agenda at the start of next month, when it will hold the first of two required votes on the bill. The council chambers were filled with people on both sides of the issue, but the lawmakers did not debate or discuss it or raise any questions. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) announced that the legislative body would take action next month.

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