Today at 5:30, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to mark up H.J. Res. 27, a resolution introduced by Congressman Wenstrup (R-OH) to nullify the assisted suicide legalization bill recently approved by the District of Columbia Council.
National Right to Life is urging a committee vote in favor of this important legislation.
Since its inception, the pro-life movement has been concerned with protecting the lives of older people and people with disabilities and has always vigorously opposed legalizing assisted suicide.
While such laws are promoted as providing an “option,” they create an environment in which assisted suicide may become the cheap and “easy” solution to serious illness, pushing the medically vulnerable into early deaths. The legal definition of “terminal illness” used in D.C. will sweep in vast groups of people who could otherwise live for many years with continued treatment. Additionally, there is no requirement those seeking death be screened for depression or other treatable mental illness.
On this matter, the buck stops with Congress. Article I of the U.S. Constitution provides that with respect to the federal district, our nation’s capital, Congress shall “exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever.” Moreover, local officials trampled on binding spending restrictions in even advancing the proposal, since the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997, Pub. L. No. 105-12, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, strictly forbids the District government from spending any funds to advance assisted suicide.
We urge you to contact the members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and urge them to vote in favor of this important legislation.
Members can be found here: https://oversight.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 to connect with your member.