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Well Known Doctor Talks About Initiative-1000 in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash.-- It's less than a month away from the election, and many people are talking about not just the candidates, but the issues. 

Tuesday night a group of people got together to talk about Initiative 1000.  Some groups call it the Death with Dignity Initiative, while others call it the Assisted Suicide Initiative. 

Tuesday night a doctor who prefers to call it the Assisted Suicide Initiative gave a presentation on the ethical issues of this initiative, and he also talked about his perspective as a doctor. Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association says, "It puts too much power in the hands of doctors.  You become judge, jury, and assistant executioner.  You decide the prognosis, the diagnosis, and decide whether to recommend this to the patient because you feel there's nothing else to do."

That's just one view on Initiative 1000.  People who support the initiative believe people should be able to die in peace and not have to live out an unhappy life.