Introduced by Ohio Congressman Wenstrup & Oklahoma Senator James Lankford
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH) – Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup and Oklahoma Senator James Lankford have introduced companion resolutions to overturn a District of Columbia bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
The end of December, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the bill into law, after the city council had approved it twice. Under the US Constitution and the Washington D.C.Home Rule Act, Congress has authority to review actions by the District of Columbia, and can block this deadly legislation.
In the press release announcing the resolution, Congressman Wenstrup said, “As a physician of over 25 years, access to quality healthcare for every American is a concern that is close to my heart. By authorizing doctors to violate the Hippocratic Oath of ‘do no harm,’ physician-assisted suicide undermines a key safeguard that protects our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and ensures our loved ones receive the best medical care when they need it most.”
“Under this new law,” he continued, “if D.C. residents are not able to pay for health care out of pocket, they may find their options severely limited when facing a new diagnosis, suffering from a chronic illness, facing a disability, or struggling with mental illness. If Congress fails to act on this, it will imply tacit federal approval of physician-assisted suicide — and I firmly believe that is not the right path.”
In Ohio, during recent end-of-year lame duck legislative activity, the Ohio House and Senate added class 3 felony penalties to existing sanctions against assisted suicide in the state, which were signed into law by Governor Kasich.
“Efforts at every level of government are needed to protect vulnerable people who are easy prey to the sly message of death and imposed final exit,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “As our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C.’s legalization of suicide is a shameful precedent for the rest of the nation and the world.”
See the LifeSiteNews article, among many, on the resolution.