Target: Jason Chaffetz, Representative of Utah
Goal: Do not block Washington, D.C. from instating the Death with Dignity Act.
A bill that would allow terminally ill individuals to medically end their lives was signed by the mayor of the District of Columbia and approved 11–2 by the D.C. Council, but a congressman from Utah has pledged to interfere. As the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz could use his congressional authority to block the law from taking effect. Similar legislation exists in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, California, and Colorado, yet no efforts to ban these laws were ever made.
The Death with Dignity Act is a local measure many feel a Utah representative has no right to dictate. Opponents of the law invoke religious morals and note concern about patients being pressured to use the assisted suicide drugs so hospitals can make money, though likely physicians would make more off of a live patient. The bill only assists patients of at least 18 years old who have been given six months or less to live. Council member, Mary M. Cheh, who wrote the legislation, believes Chaffetz is abusing his power in order to disrespect democracy. Sign this petition to demand that this Utah representative allow D.C. to pass this crucial law.
Dear Representative Chaffetz,
Legislators in D.C. have heard their citizens’ pleas for a law allowing terminally ill patients to peacefully end their lives. People who would otherwise suffer a painful death could have the opportunity to leave their bodies before losing their dignity, yet you have threatened to take that away.
Both the mayor and the council of the District of Columbia have approved the law, and there are people suffering today who need it to take effect. As a representative of Utah, this measure does not affect citizens in your jurisdiction. Please do not do anything to stop Washington D.C. from passing the Death with Dignity Act.
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