UNITED STATES (OREGON): Oregon Bill Would Allow Starvation of Alzheimer’s Patients, Could Set Up Death Panels:

A bill introduced in the Oregon Senate would drastically alter current advance directive laws, diminishing the effects of powers of attorney and allowing incapacitated patients to be refused ordinary food and water. It would also mandate the formation of an unelected state committee to create a new advance directive form. Read more >>

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OREGON, USA: The real story about safeguards around assisted suicide in Oregon:

One of the most frequently repeated claims by proponents of assisted suicide laws is that there is “no evidence or data” to support any claim that these laws are subject to abuse, and that there has not been “a single documented case of abuse or misuse” in the 18 reported years. These claims are demonstrably false. Read more >>

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OREGON & WASHINGTON, USA: Newspaper Uncovers Abuse of Assisted Suicide Laws and Pressure to Euthanize Patients:

The Des Moines Register newspaper uncovered significant problems with the practice of assisted suicide in Oregon and Washington State. They learned that the data is incomplete, that there are missing reports (under-reporting) and that the laws are not designed to be effectively monitored. Read more >>

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Why Oregon patients request assisted death: family members’ views.

A study on physician assisted suicide in Oregon has found that the most common reasons for requesting physician assisted suicide included concerns over future loss of dignity, independence, quality of life, and self-care ability. Concern for future physical symptoms and experiences (e.g. pain) scored higher than concern over physical symptoms and experience at the time of the request. According to family members, the least important reasons for requests of physician assisted suicide were depression, financial concerns, and poor social support. ...

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Slippery Slope and Assisted Suicide in Oregon

An opinion piece in yesterday’s National Post argues against the Canadian federal government’s position against physician assisted suicide. The author makes many dubious claims, but there is one that clamours to be addressed. He says that 17 years of legal assisted suicide in Oregon disproves the slippery slope argument. He explains how there is no data showing abuse. His statements are not accurate.

No Proper Data

The Oregon system has not been designed to show problems. In an excellent ...

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