District of Columbia
The District of Columbia provides virtually no protection for human life, failing to protect women and unborn children from the harms inherent in abortion, to recognize and protect unborn victims of violence, or to prohibit assisted suicide. It also fails to protect the fundamental freedom of conscience of healthcare providers. Abortion:
- No abortion may be performed after viability unless it is necessary to preserve the woman’s life or health.
- In the District of Columbia, abortions may only be performed under the direction of a licensed medical practitioner.
- Taxpayer funds may not be used for abortions unless the abortion is necessary to preserve the woman’s life or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
- The laws of the District of Columbia do not provide for the prosecution of third parties who kill or injure an unborn child outside the context of abortion.
- The District of Columbia allows a parent or other relative to bring a wrongful death (civil) lawsuit when a viable unborn child is killed through the negligent or criminal act of another.
- The District of Columbia maintains no laws related to human cloning, destructive embryo research, fetal experimentation, human egg harvesting, or assisted reproductive technologies.
- The legal status of assisted suicide in the District of Columbia remains undetermined. It has not enacted a specific statute prohibiting assisted suicide, and it does not recognize common law crimes. There is also no judicial decision stating whether assisted suicide is a form of homicide under its general homicide laws.
- The District of Columbia currently provides no protection for the rights of healthcare providers who conscientiously object to participation in abortion.
- The District of Columbia currently provides no protection for the rights of healthcare providers who conscientiously object to participation in human cloning, destructive embryo research, or other forms of immoral medical research.
- The District of Columbia did not consider any life-affirming measures.