Death With Dignity

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People in Washington state with terminal illnesses are not deciding en mass to end their own lives. That’s the upshot of a new study some four years after Washington’s Death with Dignity law was approved by voters.

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In the late 1930s, a sweet-voiced singer from the Northwest helped propel the nation into a new era of music, known as swing. Her name was Mildred Bailey -- sometimes called the “Rockin’ Chair Lady,” for her signature song ...

Bailey went down in history as a white vocalist who helped popularize jazz singing. Except, she wasn’t white. Bailey was half Coeur d’Alene Indian – a fact that received little attention, until recently. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story of two women, both named Julia, who Mildred Bailey brought together decades after her death.

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Seventy. That's how many terminally people hastened their deaths in 2011 with the help of a doctor’s prescription in Washington, according to a report out Wednesday from the state Department of Health. Since 2009, a total of 255 terminally ill adults have ended their lives in this way. One of them was Meg Holmes.

PORTLAND -- A medical doctor who helped pass Oregon’s assisted suicide law used the state's "Death with Dignity" Act to end his own life Sunday.