A 66-year-old woman diagnosed a month ago with terminal pancreatic cancer is the first person to end her life under Washington states Death with Dignity Act. Linda Fleming, of Sequim, Wash., took a lethal dose of prescribed medication, as allowed under the act, according to Compassion and Choices of Washington, an advocacy group. Washington State became the second state after Oregon to allow assisted suicide when voters approved the act last November by ballot initiative. The law went into effect in March. Five people have made written requests for life-ending medication under the law, according to the Washington State Health Department. The law created a dilemma for healthcare providers in the state (March 2, p. 18).
Late News: Washington woman becomes first to end life under new law
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