Yes! on I-1000
Washington State is joining Oregon in taking an important and humane step towards improving care for terminally ill adults. Led by former Governor Booth Gardner, a broad coalition of physicians, nurses, hospice patients, family members, organizations, community leaders and concerned residents launched the Death with Dignity initiative for the 2008 ballot. This measure will give tremendous peace of mind of terminally ill patients who face prolonged suffering at end of life.
This initiative will allow mentally competent, terminally ill adult residents of Washington State diagnosed with six months or less to live the legal choice to obtain and self-administer life-ending medication. Eligible patients would have the option to make a voluntary, legal, informed and personal decision with their physician and their families, with numerous safeguards to protect the patient from influence or coercion.