Not only that: The woman whose death was announced by Compassion in Dying appears to have been depressed when she pursued self-destruction; this, despite continual assurances from suicide advocates that the lives of depressed people would be protected by the law's guidelines.
Compassion in Dying referred the woman to a death doctor rather than to a physician who would aggressively treat her emotional difficulties.
And if that doctor refuses to help her kill herself, Compassion in Dying will happily refer her to a doctor who will.
The ruling "puts profoundly personal end-of-life decisions in the hands of dying patients and their doctors, rather than in the hands of the state," said Ralph Mero, executive director of Compassion in Dying.
In other significant litigation, Compassion in Dying, founded in Washington state in 1993, has won the first round in its challenge--initiated on behalf of several patients and four physicians--to Washington's state law prohibiting "aiding and abetting" a suicide.
In response to repeated pleas for help, Compassion in Dying has been created in Washington state to support terminally ill persons in choosing to die without pain, without suffering, and with personal assistance if necessary.
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