Following the passage of local legislation, terminally ill residents of the nation’s capital are now able to obtain medication for the purpose of ending their lives in a “humane and peaceful manner.” Passed by the D.C. Council in November of last year and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser the following month, the Death with Dignity Act of 2016 has now gone into effect.
The law, however, comes with strict rules and regulations.
Anyone requesting assisted suicide must be 18 years of age or older. The patient cannot be suffering any form of impaired judgement; must be physically capable of accepting the medication and currently under the care of a physician. The terminally ill individual must have been given a diagnosis of no more than six months to live. Participants must be D.C. residents and the program is completely voluntary for physicians and pharmacists.