A Matter of Life and Death

A life-and-death decision may stare out from your ballot in November. Initiative 1000 would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients and everyone is watching as its backers seek the 226,000 valid voter signatures needed to qualify it. Former Governor Booth Gardner is the largest individual backer of Initiative 1000 giving $120,000.

However, the bulk of the pro-I-1000 war chest comes from out of state: "Compassion in Choices" ($117,100), the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization ($3,500), the Oregon Death With Dignity PAC ($315,000), the Death with Dignity National Center ($15,000) and a group called the Final Exit Network of Georgia ($1,000).

Washington voters rejected a similar measure on the ballot in 1991.

Joel Connelly, Seattle PI, 5.27.08