The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

07 February 2006

Ex-Gov. Gardner behind future assisted suicide initiative

Former Gov. Booth Gardner [D] is leading an effort to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state via a future ballot initiative. Following SCOTUS' ruling to uphold Oregon's law allowing the controversial procedure, other states (including this one) have been stewing about legalzing the practice as well. With Gardner, a centrist and sufferer of Parkinson's Disease, heading up the effort in Washington, this ought to give the campaign an early boost. Conventional wisdom would dictate that such a measure would be slightly favoured to pass here, and having Gardner on board ought to help those already positive chances.


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