Hawaii law allowing medically assisted suicide takes effect

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signs a bill to legalize medically assisted suicide on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Sophia Yan)

HONOLULU (AP/WKRC) - Hawaii has become the sixth state, along with Washington D.C., to legalize medically assisted suicide.

The law will allow doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients for fatal prescription medication. Two health care providers must confirm a patient's diagnosis, prognosis and ability to make decisions about the prescription.


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