Assisted Dying Legislation
Former Governor Booth Gardner and State Senator Pat Thibaudeau will discuss the prospects for state legislation on assisted dying at a session at Seattle University School of Law Friday, June 23.
A half-day law school program will focus on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision late last year, Gonzalez v. Oregon, in which the court rejected the Bush Administration’s challenge to Oregon’s assisted suicide law. Gardner and Thibaudeau will speak at 3:45 p.m. The conference begins at noon.
Gardner, who served as governor from 1985 to 1993 and who has Parkinson’s disease, said in February that he would promote legislative efforts to allow assisted suicide, probably through a measure on the 2008 statewide ballot. Thibaudeau, D-43rd District, is vice chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Long Term Care, and any such legislation would be handled by her committee.
Other speakers include Kathryn L. Tucker, director of legal affairs, and George Eighmey, executive director, both with Compassion & Choices; Laird A. Pisto, assistant general counsel, Multicare Health System; Annette Clark, associate dean and associate professor, Seattle University School of Law; Professor John D. Wilkerson, associate director, Center for American Politics and Public Policy, University of Washington; and Professor Steve Calandrillo, visiting professor, Seattle University School of Law.