Assisted suicide law forces intospection

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The world's first assisted suicide law is leaving many doctors and patients with one question: "Can I go through with it?"

The law approved by voters on Tuesday allows patients with less than six months to live to ask a doctor for a lethal prescription.

The request must be made at least twice, then again in writing, before doctors can supply the drugs. It is up to the patient to take the drugs, and only after all other alternatives have been rejected. The law takes effect Dec. 8.

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