WASHINGTON, /Christian Newswire/ -- Group to leave flowers and hold prayer vigil calling on Mayor Bowser to veto the legislation.
The vigil will be today, Sunday, November 20, at located at 7927 Orchid St NW, Washington, DC 20012-1133.
The Washington, D.C. City Council passed a bill to legalize assisted suicide despite opposition from black residents in the city, disability rights advocates, medical professionals and others.
Washington, D.C. Community activist Leona Redmond states;
- "Because of Jim Crow laws, we didn't have the opportunity to have the same jobs, to have the same insurance, the same retirement benefits. It's really aimed at old black people."
- "We pray and call upon Mayor Bowser to veto this legislation which targets the elderly, those with disabilities, the chronically ill and the poor. It is the role of government officials and medical professionals to protect and do no harm to those in their communities who are the most vulnerable.
"We are now seeing in states where physician assisted suicide laws have been passed, insurance companies refusing to provide medical care for the terminally ill and instead offering coverage for assisted suicide. This law disproportionately impacts the poor and disenfranchised in our city."