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The Washington Death with Dignity Act has been in effect since March 5, 2009.

Similar to the Oregon model legislation, the Washington Death with Dignity has worked flawlessly and as intended (see Reports below).

In the 2020 session a bill was introduced seeking to study barriers to using the Washington Death with Dignity Act.

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About the Statute and Its Implementation

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Resources for Healthcare Providers


Following our successful ballot initiative campaign, Washington voters approved of their state’s Death with Dignity Act in 2008. The law went into effect in 2009.

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