The state of Washington legalized assisted suicide for terminally ill victims recently. Like the state of Oregon, which has allowed over 400 citizens to take lethal doses of chemicals to shorten their lives since 1997, this voter-approved bill had its first casualty. (Montana also legally allows citizens to obtain drugs of a lethal dose used for suicide, but the amount of people who've taken this approach is unreported.) Linda Fleming, age 66, suffered from cancer of the pancreas and voluntarily euthanized herself on Thursday (May 21st) with family members, her doctor, and her dog by her side in her home in Sequim, Washington. On her decision, she said, "I am a very spiritual person, and it was very important to me to be conscious, clear-minded and alert at the time of my death. The powerful pain medications were making it difficult to maintain the state of mind I wanted to have at my death. And I knew I would have to increase them." Eligibility (in Washington) - At least 18 years of age - Declared mentally competent - A resident of the state - Two doctors must certify the patient is terminally ill and has less than six months to live - Patient must make two oral requests 15 days apart and a written request witnessed by two people - Patient must administer the drug himself - Doctors and pharmacists are not required to fill these lethal prescriptions if they oppose the law http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090523/D98BUEG80.html -------------- What do you guys think about this? I'm torn. I dont believe the government should regulate who is and is not allowed to take their own lives in the first place, but then again, having been involved in a similar situation before, I would certainly urge everyone to avoid this process. I'm politically for it but morally against it. I guess this way, for citizens who are already slated to die, it's at least a little better of a compromise. It's not like it's "a temporary problem with a permanent consequence;" these people will die... PLEASE KEEP ALL DISCUSSION CIVIL.