Physician Assisted Suicide in Washington

Professor Beyer of the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog writes here about the campaign by former Washington governor Booth Gardner to pass a law allowing for physician-assisted suicide.

Daniel Bergner, whose father is also inflicted with Parkinson’s, has more details in Death in the Family, NYT, Dec. 2, 2007:

The campaign he was starting *** goes by the name of “death with dignity,” and the statewide law he hopes to enact by popular vote on Election Day of 2008 would allow for “physician-assisted suicide[.]” ***

It would be modeled closely on a statute in Oregon, the only state where the movement has been successful. ***

Yet the proposed law in Washington wouldn’t go far enough for Gardner. It wouldn’t include him. Parkinson’s isn’t terminal. ***

We’ll be watching this one.

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