WASHINGTON — A D.C. Council committee has narrowly voted to advance a bill that would give terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with the help of a doctor.
The committee voted 3-to-2 Wednesday to send the right-to-die bill to the full council.
It would allow patients with 6 months or less to live to request lethal medication from their doctors.
Physician-assisted death is legal in five states, and several others are considering legislation. The husband of a California woman who moved to Oregon to take life-ending drugs in 2014 has been advocating for the legislation around the country.
Council member David Grosso voted for the bill, with some reservations. He said in a statement that he’s concerned patients with fewer resources will be coerced into ending their lives.