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‘Playing God’ or dignified death?

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It is compassionate or controlling, a choice or a conspiracy.

On their respective Web sites, the campaigns for and against Initiative 1000 include point-by-point attempts to debunk the other side in the debate over physician-assisted suicide, the contentious end-of-life issue facing Washington voters in the general election.

Most of the arguments relate to the adequacy of safeguards in the measure, which would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication if requested by terminally ill patients.

But after dealing with coercion, mental illness, insurance companies, family notification, physician oaths and other matters, both sides end their lists by addressing religion.  ‘Playing God’ or dignified death?

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Author: Bill

Birder, cat-lover, pilot, poet. Former lounge lizard, pauper, pagan, lifeguard, chauffeur,cop and martial artist, turned pacifist addiction writer. Tries to be a good husband, father and brother, and makes a decent friend. Likes to take pictures. Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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