Lethal medication soon to be legally prescribed in Washington State

Some encouraging news:

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Terminally ill patients with less than six months ...

I am not sure what the rules are about residency - i.e. if someone from outside the state could come in specifically to end their life.

-BT

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Contrast that with this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29411514/
I totally agree with your comment about pets - when you take an animal to the vet that is clearly in pain and dying they usually say "it's the right/humane thing to do" - so why is it different for people? Personally I find it comforting to know that it's possible to avoid a painful and drawn-out death. I suspect that a large part of the opposition to suicide stems from organized religion, here is an article that talks more about this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_suicide

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