Proposed law "Death with Dignity" might be on 2018 ballot

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released his ballot explanation for a proposed law that would allow South Dakota doctors to prescribe drugs that a terminally ill patient could take to end their life.

Some call it the "Death with Dignity" measure.

Sponsor Angie Albonico of Spearfish is working hard to get the measure on the 2018 ballot.

The measure says if someone is terminally ill, that patient, along with two doctors, can choose when to end his or her life.

Albonico says she has gained a lot of support, but she has also received some opposition.

Angie Albonico says, "Everything that I try to do in my life is about compassion and helping others. I feel that it is someone's right to choose if they want to end their life medically. Quite a bit of opposition, a lot of support, but the opposition, a lot of times I hear things like, 'Well it's against my religious beliefs.' And it is their right to choose not to support the ballot."

The initiated measure's petitions need nearly 14,000 signatures by November of next year to get on the 2018 ballot.

To learn more about Death with Dignity, you can visit their Facebook page "Death with Dignity South Dakota."