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Oregon Study: People Opting for Physician-Assisted Suicide Because They Cannot Afford Chemo

By the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
NRL News Today - April 11, 2017

A new study on America’s oldest physician aided suicide programme shows that numbers of those being “assisted” to die have been steadily increasing, and reveals that some are opting to end their lives because they cannot afford chemotherapy.

The study, published in JAMA Oncology is one of the first detailed analyses of the Death with Dignity Act, which passed in the state of Oregon 18 years ago. It shows a 12 percent yearly increase in lethal prescriptions from 1998 to 2013, with an unexplained jump of nearly 30 percent in 2015.

Although the lead author of the study, Dr. Charles Blanke, an Oregon Health & Science University oncologist who has himself issued about 65 lethal prescriptions, said the data “indicates the law is working as intended to give dying people a choice of how they want to die,” there were some worrying findings.

Editor’s note. This appeared at SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

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