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Death With Dignity Initiative

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Former Washington Governor Booth Gardner is still trying to legalize doctor assisted suicide.         

Wednesday he plans to file the "Death With Dignity" initiative in Olympia.  It would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.  It's patterned after a similar law already approved by Oregon voters.     

Groups like Human Life of Washington, and the Washington State Medical Association oppose the idea.    They've been fighting it for many years.

"We believe that the physicians roll is to provide comfort and care, and we don't think as an organization that it's appropriate for physicians currently to be in the position where they have to terminate life," said W. Hugh Maloney, MD, Former President WSMA.  

Groups supporting the measure must gather over 200,000 signatures by mid-summer to get the initiative on the November ballot.