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Washington residents with a terminal illness have had access to the Washington Death with Dignity Act since March 9, 2009, modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.

History

Members of the Hemlock Society who wanted to provide direct volunteer service to dying people split off and founded Compassion in Dying in Washington state in 1993. That organization provided consultation to dying patients, supported state-based advocacy for choice at the end of life, and organized volunteers to increase awareness about patient rights.

In 2008 those volunteers supported the Washington Assisted Death Initiative, also known as Initiative 1000, was approved by 57% of voters, making Washington the second state to authorize medical aid in dying.

To learn more about medical aid in dying in Washington, visit our friends at End of Life Washington.

Resources

Washington Death with Dignity Act Text
2015 Annual Report
End of Life Washington

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