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Washington Voters Pass Death with Dignity Act

Voters of Washington stood up for the rights of terminally ill individuals and passed the Washington Death with Dignity Act - 58.68% (yes) to 41.32% (no).

14 years ago, Oregon voters changed the entire debate about end-of-life care. After surviving repeal efforts, legal challenges that went all the way to the Supreme Court and efforts by the Bush Administration to shut down the law, we have shown that our law in Oregon works, just as it will work in Washington. We have shown that people can have control over the end of their lives in a dignified, safe way that has improved end-of-life care from pain control to hospice.

Now, the real winners are people who will face a terminal illness knowing that they have control, knowing that they can decide when it is the right time for them to end their suffering. And tonight, we honor those brave people who fought so long for this right, but died before seeing their efforts come to fruition.

Change never comes easy. This is the first major advancement in the death with dignity movement since the US Supreme Court ruled against the Bush Administration in 2006. DDNC will continue to move forward as people from other states decide they want a law and are willing to work for one in their state. The Death with Dignity National Center will stand with them, just as we did here in Washington, and as we did 14 years ago in Oregon.

Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign.

Read the historical timeline of the Washington Initiative and how you and DDNC contributed to the Washington campaign.

DDNC continues to set the agenda in the Death with Dignity Movement.

Posted on November 4, 2008 in Press Room

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You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, nonprofit organization, has been the leading advocate in the Death with Dignity movement. Individual contributions helped us pass new Death with Dignity laws in Washington and Vermont, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the Death with Dignity movement.

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