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105th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1003

                      [Report No. 105-46, Part I]

 To clarify Federal law with respect to restricting the use of Federal 
                 funds in support of assisted suicide.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 11, 1997

  Mr. Hall of Texas (for himself, Mr. Baker, Mr. Barcia, Mr. Barr of 
Georgia, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Barton of Texas, Mr. Bilirakis, 
Mr. Bliley, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Bonilla, Mr. Bryant, Mr. Bunning, Mr. Burr 
 of North Carolina, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Canady of Florida, Mr. 
 Chabot, Mrs. Chenoweth, Mr. Christensen, Mr. Clement, Mr. Coble, Mr. 
 Coburn, Mr. Collins, Mr. Condit, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Deal 
of Georgia, Mr. DeLay, Mr. Dickey, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Doyle, Ms. Dunn, 
Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Forbes, Mr. Ganske, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. 
    Graham, Mr. Green, Mr. Gutknecht, Mr. Hastert, Mr. Hastings of 
 Washington, Mr. Hayworth, Mr. Herger, Mr. Hilleary, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. 
   Holden, Mr. Hostettler, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Hyde, Mr. Istook, Mr. Sam 
  Johnson of Texas, Mr. Jones, Mr. Kasich, Mrs. Kelly, Mr. King, Mr. 
Klink, Mr. Knollenberg, Mr. Largent, Mr. Latham, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, 
 Mr. Linder, Mr. Livingston, Mr. McHugh, Mr. Manton, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. 
Mascara, Mr. Mica, Mr. Ney, Mr. Norwood, Mr. Nussle, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. 
 Oxley, Mr. Packard, Mr. Pappas, Mr. Parker, Mr. Paul, Mr. Paxon, Mr. 
    Petri, Mr. Poshard, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Rahall, Mr. Dan Schaefer of 
 Colorado, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Shays, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. 
Skaggs, Mr. Skeen, Mr. Skelton, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mrs. Smith of 
 Washington, Mr. Snowbarger, Mr. Solomon, Mr. Souder, Mr. Stearns, Mr. 
   Stenholm, Mr. Stump, Mr. Talent, Mr. Tauzin, Mr. Taylor of North 
 Carolina, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Watts of Oklahoma, Mr. Weldon of 
   Florida, and Mr. Wicker) introduced the following bill; which was 
 referred to the Committee on Commerce, and in addition, for a period 
ending not later than 30 calendar days after the Committee on Commerce 
    reports to the House, to the Committees on Ways and Means, the 
     Judiciary, Education and the Workforce, Government Reform and 
  Oversight, Resources, and International Relations, in each case for 
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the 
                          committee concerned.

                             April 8, 1997

Additional sponsors: Mr. Ballenger, Mr. Ensign, Mr. Frost, Mr. Hefley, 
 Mr. Hulshof, Mr. Inglis of South Carolina, Mr. Klug, Mr. LaHood, Mr. 
Lewis of California, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Moran of Kansas, Mr. Ramstad, Mr. 
     Bob Schaffer of Colorado, Mr. Stupak, and Mr. Young of Alaska

                             April 8, 1997

        Reported from the Committee on Commerce with amendments
  [Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]

                             April 8, 1997

Referral to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Education 
  and the Workforce, Government Reform and Oversight, Resources, and 
  International Relations extended for a period ending no later than 
                             April 8, 1997

                             April 8, 1997

  The Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Education and the 
      Workforce, Government Reform and Oversight, Resources, and 
 International Relations discharged; referred to the Committee of the 
                 Whole House on the State of the Union

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                                 A BILL


 
 To clarify Federal law with respect to restricting the use of Federal 
                 funds in support of assisted suicide.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Assisted Suicide 
Funding Restriction Act of 1997''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Findings and purpose.
Sec. 3. Restriction on use of Federal funds under health care programs.
Sec. 4. Restriction on use of Federal funds under certain grant 
                            programs under the Developmental 
                            Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights 
                            Act.
Sec. 5. Restriction on use of Federal funds by advocacy programs.
Sec. 6. Restriction on use of other Federal funds.
Sec. 7. Clarification with respect to advance directives.
Sec. 8. Application to District of Columbia.
Sec. 9. Conforming amendments.
Sec. 10. Relation to other laws.
Sec. 11. Effective date.
Sec. 12. Suicide prevention (including assisted suicide).

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
            (1) The Federal Government provides financial support for 
        the provision of and payment for health care services, as well 
        as for advocacy activities to protect the rights of 
        individuals.
            (2) Assisted suicide, euthanasia, and mercy killing have 
        been criminal offenses throughout the United States and, under 
        current law, it would be unlawful to provide services in 
        support of such illegal activities.
            (3) Because of recent legal developments, it may become 
        lawful in areas of the United States to furnish services in 
        support of such activities.
            (4) Congress is not providing Federal financial assistance 
        in support of assisted suicide, euthanasia, and mercy killing 
        and intends that Federal funds not be used to promote such 
        activities.
    (b) Purpose.--It is the principal purpose of this Act to continue 
current Federal policy by providing explicitly that Federal funds may 
not be used to pay for items and services (including assistance) the 
purpose of which is to cause (or assist in causing) the suicide, 
euthanasia, or mercy killing of any individual.

SEC. 3. RESTRICTION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS.

    (a) Restriction on Federal Funding of Health Care Services.--
Subject to subsection (b), no funds appropriated by Congress for the 
purpose of paying (directly or indirectly) for the provision of health 
care services may be used--
            (1) to provide any health care item or service furnished 
        for the purpose of causing, or for the purpose of assisting in 
        causing, the death of any individual, such as by assisted 
        suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing;
            (2) to pay (directly, through payment of Federal financial 
        participation or other matching payment, or otherwise) for such 
        an item or service, including payment of expenses relating to 
        such an item or service; or
            (3) to pay (in whole or in part) for health benefit 
        coverage that includes any coverage of such an item or service 
        or of any expenses relating to such an item or service.
    (b) Construction and Treatment of Certain Services.--Nothing in 
subsection (a), or in any other provision of this Act (or in any 
amendment made by this Act), shall be construed to <DELETED>create</DELETED> 
apply to or to affect any limitation relating to--
            (1) the withholding or withdrawing of medical treatment or 
        medical care;
            (2) the withholding or withdrawing of nutrition or 
        hydration;
            (3) abortion; or
            (4) the use of an item, good, benefit, or service furnished 
        for the purpose of alleviating pain or discomfort, even if such 
        use may increase the risk of death, so long as such item, good, 
        benefit, or service is not also furnished for the purpose of 
        causing, or the purpose of assisting in causing, death, for any 
        reason.
    (c) Limitation on Federal Facilities and Employees.--Subject to 
subsection (b), with respect to health care items and services 
furnished--
            (1) by or in a health care facility owned or operated by 
        the Federal government, or
            (2) by any physician or other individual employed by the 
        Federal government to provide health care services within the 
        scope of the physician's or individual's employment,
no such item or service may be furnished for the purpose of causing, or 
for the purpose of assisting in causing, the death of any individual, 
such as by assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing.
    (d) List of Programs to Which Restrictions Apply.--
            (1) Federal health care funding programs.--Subsection (a) 
        applies to funds appropriated under or to carry out the 
        following:
                    (A) Medicare program.--Title XVIII of the Social 
                Security Act.
                    (B) Medicaid program.--Title XIX of the Social 
                Security Act.
                    (C) Title xx social services block grant.--Title XX 
                of the Social Security Act.
                    (D) Maternal and child health block grant 
                program.--Title V of the Social Security Act.
                    (E) Public health service act.--The Public Health 
                Service Act.
                    (F) Indian health care improvement act.--The Indian 
                Health Care Improvement Act.
                    (G) Federal employees health benefits program.--
                Chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code.
                    (H) Military health care system (including tricare 
                and champus programs).--Chapter 55 of title 10, United 
                States Code.
                    (I) Veterans medical care.--Chapter 17 of title 38, 
                United States Code.
                    (J) Health services for peace corps volunteers.--
                Section 5(e) of the Peace Corps Act (22 U.S.C. 
                2504(e)).
                    (K) Medical services for federal prisoners.--
                Section 4005(a) of title 18, United States Code.
            (2) Federal facilities and personnel.--The provisions of 
        subsection (c) apply to facilities and personnel of the 
        following:
                    (A) Military health care system.--The Department of 
                Defense operating under chapter 55 of title 10, United 
                States Code.
                    (B) Veterans medical care.--The Veterans Health 
                Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
                    (C) Public health service.--The Public Health 
                Service.
            (3) Nonexclusive list.--Nothing in this subsection shall be 
        construed as limiting the application of subsection (a) to the 
        programs specified in paragraph (1) or the application of 
        subsection (c) to the facilities and personnel specified in 
        paragraph (2).

SEC. 4. RESTRICTION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER CERTAIN GRANT 
              PROGRAMS UNDER THE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ASSISTANCE 
              AND BILL OF RIGHTS ACT.

    Subject to section 3(b) (relating to construction and treatment of 
certain services), no funds appropriated by Congress to carry out part 
B, D, or E of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of 
Rights Act may be used to support or fund any program or service which 
has a purpose of assisting in procuring any item, benefit, or service 
furnished for the purpose of causing, or the purpose of assisting in 
causing, the death of any individual, such as by assisted suicide, 
euthanasia, or mercy killing.

SEC. 5. RESTRICTION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS BY ADVOCACY PROGRAMS.

    (a) In General.--Subject to section 3(b) (relating to construction 
and treatment of certain services), no funds appropriated by Congress 
may be used to assist in, to support, or to fund any activity or 
service which has a purpose of assisting in, or to bring suit or 
provide any other form of legal assistance for the purpose of--
            (1) securing or funding any item, benefit, program, or 
        service furnished for the purpose of causing, or the purpose of 
        assisting in causing, the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing 
        of any individual;
            (2) compelling any person, institution, governmental entity 
        to provide or fund any item, benefit, program, or service for 
        such purpose; or
            (3) asserting or advocating a legal right to cause, or to 
        assist in causing, the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of 
        any individual.
    (b) List of Programs to Which Restrictions Apply.--
            (1) In general.--Subsection (a) applies to funds 
        appropriated under or to carry out the following:
                    (A) Protection and advocacy systems under the 
                developmental disabilities assistance and bill of 
                rights act.--Part C of the Developmental Disabilities 
                Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
                    (B) Protection and advocacy systems under the 
                protection and advocacy for mentally ill individuals 
                act.--The Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill 
                Individuals Act of 1986.
                    (C) Protection and advocacy systems under the 
                rehabilitation act of 1973.--Section 509 of the 
                Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794e).
                    (D) Ombudsman programs under the older americans 
                act of 1965.--Ombudsman programs under the Older 
                Americans Act of 1965.
                    (E) Legal assistance.--Legal assistance programs 
                under the Legal Services Corporation Act.
            (2) Nonexclusive list.--Nothing in this subsection shall be 
        construed as limiting the application of subsection (a) to the 
        programs specified in paragraph (1).

SEC. 6. RESTRICTION ON USE OF OTHER FEDERAL FUNDS.

    (a) In General.--Subject to section 3(b) (relating to construction 
and treatment of certain services) and subsection (b) of this section, 
no funds appropriated by the Congress shall be used to provide, 
procure, furnish, or fund any item, good, benefit, activity, or 
service, furnished or performed for the purpose of causing, or 
assisting in causing, the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of any 
individual.
    (b) Nonduplication.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to funds to 
which section 3, 4, or 5 applies, except that subsection (a), rather 
than section 3, shall apply to funds appropriated to carry out title 
10, United States Code (other than chapter 55), title 18, United States 
Code (other than section 4005(a)), and chapter 37 of title 28, United 
States Code.

SEC. 7. CLARIFICATION WITH RESPECT TO ADVANCE DIRECTIVES.

    Subject to section 3(b) (relating to construction and treatment of 
certain services), sections 1866(f) and 1902(w) of the Social Security 

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