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DC Council to consider 'Death with Dignity' bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. Council member wants the nation's capital to join the three states that allow terminally ill people to end their lives with the help of a physician.

Democratic Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the "Death with Dignity Act" on Wednesday. The bill would establish a process for a terminally ill patient to use medication to end his or her life.

Oregon, Vermont and Washington state have similar laws. The issue received national attention last year when Brittany Maynard, a woman with terminal brain cancer, moved from California to Oregon to end her life. Before she died in November at age 29, Maynard urged states to pass death-with-dignity laws. Numerous states are considering such bills.

Under Cheh's bill, patients who are likely to die within 6 months could request lethal medication.

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