'Death with Dignity' bill passes in DC, will go to Congress

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia lawmakers have given final approval to 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 Tuesday on an 11-to-2 vote and goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature. Once the bill becomes law, it will be sent to Congress for review.

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

The bill could set up an early test of the District's ability to advance a liberal local agenda with Republicans controlling the presidency, the Senate and the House. Congress can undo city laws by either passing a disapproval resolution or by amending other legislation.