Congress moves to strike down Columbia’s assisted-suicide law

The resolution would have to pass the House and the Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump by Friday.

By: AP | Washington | Published:February 14, 2017 7:24 am
Death penalty, death penalty for Indians, Indians in Qatar, Qatar death penalty, death penalty mercy petition, Sushma Swaraj, Swaraj, india news, latest news, indian express Photo for representational purpose

A House committee has voted to invalidate the District of Columbia’s new assisted-suicide law.

Monday’s mostly party-line vote by the House Oversight Committee represented an unusual rebuke of the local District government by Congress. Still, the chances that Congress will strike down the law are slim. The resolution would have to pass the House and the Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump by Friday.

Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, says the law is “fundamentally wrong.” Similar to laws in six states, it would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with a doctor’s help. The committee vote sparked protests by advocates for District self-rule. If the resolution doesn’t pass, Congress could still seek to block the law by inserting language into a spending bill.

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results