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Hawaii legalizes medically assisted suicide

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Diamond Head, an extinct volcanic crater, and high-rises are seen in Honolulu on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. A push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic was a mistake, state emergency officials said. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii has become the seventh state in the country to allow medically assisted suicide.

The Aloha State’s governor signed a “Death with Dignity” bill on Friday, which allows doctors to prescribe their terminally ill patients with life-ending medication.

To prevent abuse, there are strict rules and guidelines that candidates must meet to qualify for the treatment.

The law goes into effect at the beginning of next year.

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