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October 10, 2012

Doctors, religious leaders debate physician-assisted suicide ballot question

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-- The proposed law would not authorize ending a patient's life by lethal injection, active euthanasia, or mercy killing.

-- The death certificate would list the underlying terminal disease as the cause of death.

-- A person's decision to make or rescind a request could not be restricted by will or contract made on or after January 1, 2013, and could not be considered in issuing, or setting the rates for, insurance policies or annuities.

-- The proposed law would require the attending physician to report each case in which life-ending medication is dispensed to the state Department of Public Health. The Department would provide public access to statistical data compiled from the reports.

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