Federal law and policy have long rejected assisted suicide as healthcare. A prohibition exists on Federal funds being used for assisted suicide. The Supreme Court has twice ruled that there is no right to assisted suicide in the Constitution.
H. Con. Res. 80 expresses the sense of the Congress that “assisted suicide puts everyone, including the most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of the health care system.”
The resolution also states that Congress finds that “the Federal Government should ensure that every person facing the end of their life has access to the best quality…medical care…and that the Federal Government should not adopt or endorse policies or practices that support, encourage or facilitate suicide or assisted suicide, whether by physicians or others.”
Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, have expressed their strong support for H. Con. Res. 80, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that assisted suicide is a “deadly, discriminatory and non-compassionate practice.” For the full text of the letter see: usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/assisted-suicide/upload/Cdl-Dolan-Ltr-for-Sense-of-Congress-against-Assisted-Suicide_09-27-17.pdf,
For an HLA Action Alert urging Congress to support H. Con. Res. 80, see: humanlifeaction.org/action-alert/assisted-suicide-not-healthcare.
On September 26, 2017, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and a bi-partisan group of Representatives introduced H. Con. Res. 80. The resolution has nine cosponsors and was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.