Virginia Law Prohibits Self-Administered Suicide

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Virginia Law Prohibits Self-Administered Suicide

Washington State

Washington Death with Dignity Act, Initiative 1000, codified as RCW 70.245, allows terminally ill adults who have less than 6 months to live and are Washington state residents to end their life by requesting lethal doses of medication from medical and osteopathic physicians.

Questions and Answers----FAQs:  FormsNumber of Forms Received--Death Certificate InstructionsData Release (PDF, 47 KB)--2009 Death with Dignity Act Report (PDF, 100 KB)---Resource: Washington Death and Dignity Act--Attribution: Wash.State Dept Health

Oregon's Death with Dignity Act

Allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose.
  • The Oregon Death with Dignity Act requires the Oregon Department of Human Services to collect information about the patients and physicians who participate in the Act,and publish an annual statistical report.  
 The Death with Dignity Act states that 
  • ending one's life in accordance with the law does  "not constitute suicide or assisted suicide". 
  • Prohibits lethal injection, mercy killing, or active euthanasia, where a physician or other person directly administers   a medication to end another's life.