None of the patients Patricelli signed for were his regular patients; they were referred to him by Compassion in Dying.
In each of his cases, the patient's family was there, as well as either hospice nurses or volunteers from Compassion in Dying.
Eighmey said Patricelli is one of "a handful" of doctors in the state that Compassion in Dying has referred patients to.
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.
Further evidence of the woman's depression is found on a tape recording she left behind, which Compassion in Dying, stealing a page from Jack Kevorkian's book, played for the media at its press conference.
Barbara Dority was the founding president of Compassion in Dying
and is currently vice-president and newsletter editor of the Hemlock Society of Washington State.
Compassion in Dying responds to a moral imperative which can no longer be denied by humanists and other compassionate people.
(Note: Compassion in Dying is an independent organization and has no official connection to the Hemlock Society.)