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The DC Code: § 21-2212 Effect of chapter.

Index21 Fiduciary Relations and Persons with Mental Illness. (Refs & Annos)
a
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy-killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end a human life other than to permit the natural dying process.
b
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to conflict with or supersede, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, approved April 17, 1986 (100 Stat. 164; 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd).
c
Emergency health care may be provided without consent to a patient who is certified incapacitated under § 21-2204, if no authorized person is reasonably available or if, in the reasonable medical judgment of the attending physician, attempting to locate an authorized person would cause:
1
A substantial risk of death;
2
The health of the incapacitated individual to be placed in serious jeopardy;
3
Serious impairment to the incapacitated individual's bodily functions; or
4
Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part of the incapacitated individual.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 21-2212. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 17-249 rewrote the section, which had read as follows: "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy-killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end a human life other than to permit the natural process of dying." Temporary Amendments of Section Section 3(d) of D.C. Law 16-194 amended this section to read as follows: "§ 21-2212. Effect of chapter. "(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy-killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end a human life other than to permit the natural dying process. "(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to conflict with or supersede, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, approved April 17, 1986 (100 Stat. 164; 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd). "(c) Emergency health care may be provided without consent to a patient who is certified incapacitated under § 21-2204 if no authorized person is reasonably available or if, in the reasonable medical judgment of the attending physician, attempting to locate an authorized person would cause: "(1) A substantial risk of death; "(2) The health of the incapacitated individual to be placed in serious jeopardy; "(3) Serious impairment to the incapacitated individual's bodily functions; or "(4) Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part." Section 6(b) of D.C. Law 16-194 provides that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect. Section 3(d) of D.C. Law 17-100 amended the section to read as follows: "§ 21-2212. Effect of chapter. "(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy-killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end a human life other than to permit the natural dying process. "(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to conflict with or supersede, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, approved April 17, 1986 (100 Stat. 164; 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd). "(c) Emergency health care may be provided without consent to a patient who is certified incapacitated under § 21-2204, if no authorized person is reasonably available or if, in the reasonable medical judgment of the attending physician, attempting to locate an authorized person would cause: "(1) A substantial risk of death to the incapacitated individual; "(2) The health of the incapacitated individual to be placed in serious jeopardy; "(3) Serious impairment to the incapacitated individual's bodily functions; or "(4) Serious dysfunction of a bodily organ or part of the incapacitated individual". Section 6(b) of D.C. Law 17-100 provides that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect. Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3(d) of Health-Care Decisions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-480, September 25, 2006, 53 DCR 7940). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3(d) of Health-Care Decisions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-566, December 19, 2006, 53 DCR 10272). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3(d) of Health-Care Decisions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-161, October 18, 2007, 54 DCR 10932). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3(d) of Health-Care Decisions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2008 (D.C. Act 17-245, January 23, 2008, 55 DCR 1230). For temporary (90 day) amendment, see § 3(d) of Health-Care Decisions for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Emergency Act of 2008 (D.C. Act 17-492, August 4, 2008, 55 DCR 9167). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 7-189, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 21-2201. For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-68, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 21-2201. For Law 17-249, see notes following § 21-2002. DC CODE § 21-2212 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Mar. 16, 1989, D.C. Law 7-189, § 13, 35 DCR 8653; Feb. 5, 1994, D.C. Law 10-68, § 23(m), 40 DCR 6311; Oct. 22, 2008, D.C. Law 17-249, § 3(d), 55 DCR 9206.)