WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia lawmakers will vote on a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with the help of a doctor.
The D.C. Council moved Tuesday to place the bill on its legislative agenda for a meeting next month.
The bill would allow patients with six 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 across the country.
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Some council members have expressed concerns that patients with fewer resources might be pressured into ending their lives.
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has not taken a position on the legislation.