Columnist Paula Span, writing on January 16, notes that “the country has arrived at a remarkable moment:  Close to 20 percent of Americans live in jurisdictions where adults can legally end their lives if they are terminally ill and meet eligibility requirements.”

Describing the growing acceptance of aid in dying, Ms. Span quotes Donna Smith, legislative manager for the District of Columbia for Compassion & Choices, “I hear talk all the time about this being a rich white person’s issue.  Now we have proof on the ground that this is not true.”  The Times notes that “In the District of Columbia, nearly half of whose residents are African-American, five of six black council members voted in favor of the legislation.”