'DEATH WITH DIGNITY'

Washington's First Assisted Suicide

A cancer-stricken Washington woman became the first person to die under a new state-assisted suicide law Thursday night. Linda Fleming, 66, took fatal drugs prescribed by her doctor after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The "Death with Dignity" law was approved by 60 percent of the state's voters in a referendum last year. "The pain became unbearable, and it was only going to get worse. I am a very spiritual person, and it was very important to me to be conscious, clear-minded and alert at the time of my death," Fleming said in a statement before her death. Oregon has a similar law, where 400 people chose to die over the last 12 years.