This is a simple bill, which clarifies that patients considering assisted suicide have a right to be told of their options for cure or to extend life. Passing the bill will be consistent with how Washington's assisted suicide act was marketed to the voters, as providing choice for patients. I urge you to vote "Yes.”
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Below please find my updated memo supporting SB 5919, currently pending in the Washington State Senate. To see a print version, please click here.
Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA
I am a lawyer licensed to practice in Washington State since 1986. I urge you to vote “yes” on SB 5919, which will clarify that persons considering assisted suicide have a right to be told of their options for cure or to extend life. This is unclear under the act’s current language.
Washington’s Death with Dignity Act was enacted pursuant to Initiative 1000. It was marketed as providing individual choice and autonomy for patients. Making sure that patients are told of their options for cure or to extend life is consistent with this purpose.