State moves to implement assisted-suicide law
Washington state officials have four months to set up a new voter-approved law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally...
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OLYMPIA — Washington state officials have four months to set up a new voter-approved law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients.
Washington is now the second state in the nation to have such a law, and officials may look to neighboring Oregon for a blueprint.
The measure takes effect March 4. Officials at the attorney general's office and the state Department of Health said that they have just started to go through the language of the measure, which passed Tuesday.
The measure allows physicians in Washington state to help terminally ill patients end their lives. Oregon, where voters first approved the idea in 1994, is the only state with such a law.
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