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Washington Lawsuit Stalls Bid to Gather Signatures to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Olympia, WA ( -- A lawsuit euthanasia opponents have filed will prevent backers of a statewide initiative making the state the second to legalize assisted suicide from gathering signatures to put it on the November ballot. Opponents say the wording of the ballot proposal is misleading and doesn't give voters complete information.

Under the measure, Washington residents who have less than six months to live would be able to ask a doctor for a prescription for lethal drugs to kill themselves.

The Coalition Against Assisted Suicide said in its suit that the wording in the summary of Initiative 1000 fails to inform voters of all of the changes to state law.

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