Report reveals Oregon assisted suicide law crafted with deadly loopholeBy Anna Reynolds
Live Action News - April 3, 2018
A recent report on the Oregon assisted suicide law shows that the “safeguards” meant to protect vulnerable patients are meaningless. The Oregon Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) passed by a slim margin (51% to 49%) in 1994. The law, which was delayed by an injunction until it was implemented in 1997, was the first of its kind in the nation. Since then, California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia have passed similar legislation under pressure from assisted suicide groups. These states, as well as nations around the world, have looked to Oregon as a model, because DWDA has been in effect for more than 20 years.
But a shocking report published earlier this year reveals that DWDA is not a model of well-crafted legislation that allows for only patients “without hope” to seek to hasten their own deaths while safeguarding vulnerable patients. In fact, DWDA is a law that allows virtually anyone to seek assisted suicide, even if treatment is available to manage or even cure a medical condition or the medical condition is not the reason a person is seeking suicide.
Fabian Stahle compiled the report, “Oregon Health Authority Reveals Hidden Problems with the Oregon Assisted Suicide Model,” when his native Sweden considered using Oregon’s DWDA as a model for assisted suicide legislation.
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