Oregon’s Death Law Abuses

This page has reports about abuses and coercions taking place under Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act”, aka euthanasia.

Barbara Wagner
When Barbara Wagner’s doctor prescribed a drug that would likely extend her life and would make her more comfortable, her state insurance program refused to authorize payment for it.  Instead, it sent her a letter saying it would pay for doctor-prescribed suicide.
“Letter noting assisted suicide raises questions” (KATU TV; Portland, OR; July 31, 2008)
Interview with Barbara Wagner who was denied chemotherapy, but offered assisted suicide, by the Oregon Health Plan. Includes link to video interview.

Randy Stroup
Randy Stroup who had prostate cancer was also offered doctor-prescribed suicide by the Oregon Health Plan.
“Oregon Offers Terminal Patients Doctor-Assisted Suicide Instead of Medical Care”
Some terminally ill patients in Oregon who turned to their state for health care were denied treatment and offered doctor-assisted suicide instead, a proposal some experts have called a “chilling” corruption of medical ethics.

Kate Cheney
“Physician-assisted suicide: A family struggles with the question of whether mom is capable of choosing to die” 
(Oregon Live — February 4, 2015)
Originally published in the Oregonian in 1999, Oregon Live republished the article on February 4, 2015.
It appeared that dementia was setting in.  And her daughter’s assertiveness about getting the lethal dose for her mother made the psychiatrist wonder whose agenda this really was…There is no single method for evaluating a dying person’s competence to commit assisted suicide or to gauge undue influence. Oregon’s law says the person must be able to make and communicate health car decisions and be aware of his or her medical condition, the risks of using a lethal dose and the feasible alternatives.  A psychological disorder — senility, for example — does not necessarily disqualify a person.

Source:  Patients Rights Council / Rita Marker et al.



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