Yes on I-1000
I know the religious nuts out there are against it saying, God should be one who makes the decision on when someone should die. Yet, they don't seem to have a problem with keeping someone on life support to keep them alive, and they don't seem to have a problem with medication to keep someone alive. If it weren't for those things, would that person be dead? Wouldn't that be God saying it's time for this person to be dead. So aren't we playing God by keeping them alive?
Instead of making other peoples choices for them, why don't we let them make the choice. Washington state this fall has I-1000 on the ballot, it's own death with dignity law. Washington voters, lets make this the next progressive state in the country and vote yes on I-1000. instead of forcing people to suffer through the last months of their lives, let's allow them to end it on their terms. And for the religious nuts who think these people will go to hell, don't worry about it. Let God deal with them after they are dead, that's his/her job, not yours.
INITIATIVE 1000 DETAILS (copied from the Seattle PI)
"This measure would permit terminally ill, competent, adult Washington residents, who are medically predicted to have six months or less to live, to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician."
- Two physicians would be required to determine that the patient has an incurable disease expected to cause death within six months, is competent and has made an informed and voluntary decision.
- The physicians must inform the patient of the diagnosis, risks and probable result of ingesting the medication, and feasible alternatives.
The attending physician must recommend, but not require, that the patient notify next of kin.
- The patient must be referred for psychiatric or psychological counseling if either physician believes the patient's judgment may be impaired by a disorder or depression.
The patient would be required to make two oral and one written request for lethal medication.
- A 15-day waiting period between oral requests would be required, along with a 48-hour waiting period between the written request and the writing of the prescription.
- Two people would be required to witness the written request and to attest that the patient is competent and acting voluntarily. One witness could not be related, an heir, the attending physician or work for a facility caring for the patient.
- The patient could rescind the request at any time, in any manner.
People participating in compliance with the measure would be exempt from criminal or civil liability.
- The patient's death certificate must specify the cause of death as the underlying terminal disease.
- Participating physicians would be required to file a report with the state Health Department. The state must annually review records and produce a statistical report.