|Margaret Dore, Esq.|
"The Act has national and inter-
national security implications."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Attorney Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, which has fought assisted suicide and euthanasia legalization efforts throughout the United States, and now in the United States Congress, made the following statement in connection with H. J. Resolution 27 in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
"The resolution seeks to prevent DC Act 21-577 from going into effect," said Dore. "The Act is a deceptively written law that legalizes physician-assisted suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined." Dore stated, "The Act is a recipe for elder abuse, it applies to persons who have years or decades to live and purported oversight is a sham." Dore added, "The Act has national and international security implications."
A Recipe for Elder Abuse
Dore said, "The Act is stacked against the patient and a recipe for elder abuse." Dore elaborated, "The patient's heir, who will financially benefit from the patient's death, is allowed to actively participate in requesting the lethal dose. After that, no doctor, not even a witness, is required to be present at the death. Even if the patient struggled, who would know?"
"But, it gets worse," said Dore, "the death certificate is required to list a medical condition as the cause of death, which prevents prosecution." Dore explained, "The official cause of death is a medical condition (not murder) as a matter of law. For perpetrators, the death certificate is a 'stay out of jail free card.'"
Purported Oversight, a "Sham"
Dore said, "The DC Act is based on a similar law in Oregon, which is interpreted to bar law enforcement from accessing information collected by Oregon's Department of Health about the people who died under Oregon's law. The DC Act has stronger language to eliminate transparency, that access to information is barred under 'any law.'" The Act, § 17, states:
The information collected by the Department [of Health] pursuant to this act . . . may not be made available for inspection . . . under the Freedom of Information Act . . ., or any other law. (Emphasis added)."With this language," said Dore, "the DC Department of Health is beyond review, not only by law enforcement, but arguably by the courts and political authority." Dore noted, "And we're talking about killing people."
"Similarly," said Dore, "purported oversight by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is a sham." Dore explained, "The Act provides for review of each death by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. There is, however, no mechanism for that office to know when 'each death' occurs."
Years or Decades to Live
Dore stated, "If Act 21-577 is not rejected by the pending resolution, the Act will legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia for people who are 'terminal,' which is defined as a doctor's prediction of less than six months to live. In real life, such persons may have years or decades to live."
"Doctors can be wrong about life expectancy, sometimes way wrong," said Dore. "This is due to actual mistakes and the fact that predicting life expectancy is not an exact science. A few years ago, I was met at the airport by a man who at age 18 or 19 had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and given 3 to 5 years to live, at which time he was to die by paralysis. His diagnosis had been confirmed by the Mayo Clinic. When he met me at the airport, he was 74 years old. The disease progression had stopped on its own."
National and International Security Implications
Finally, Dore said, "The Act applies to a person who 'resides' in the District of Columbia, which includes members of Congress and the President of the United States. Foreign government nationals such as ambassadors also reside in the District of Columbia. With this circumstance, political motivations, both here and abroad, could come into play with the prospect of a perfect crime in which even law enforcement is blocked from obtaining information. The Act has national and international security implications, which override DC home rule. The Act must be rejected."
For back up documentation, see Margaret Dore, Memorandum to Members of Congress and the President of the United States: Reject DC Act 21-577