[Baptist Press News] 23 Oct 2008--Contributions by supporters of a physician-assisted suicide initiative in the state of Washington are outpacing those from opponents by nearly four to one, and nearly two-thirds of those pro-referendum gifts are from advocacy organizations and their representatives or a former governor and his family.
If approved by voters Nov. 4, Initiative 1000 would bring Oregon-like assisted suicide to Washington. Assisted suicide became legal in Oregon in 1997, making it the only state in the country to permit the practice. Legalized assisted suicide enables doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for a patient but not to administer them.
Nearly $3.3 million had been given in support of the initiative, the "Yes on 1000" committee reported as of Oct. 10, according to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Less than $875,000 had been donated by foes of the effort, the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide reported.