AMNews: May 12, 2008. Oregon still stands alone: Ten years of physician-assisted suicide … American Medical News

AMNews: May 12, 2008. Oregon still stands alone: Ten years of physician-assisted suicide … American Medical News


Through the end of last year, only 340 more Oregonians had chosen physician-assisted suicide. And after a decade, Oregon still stands as the lone state to legalize the practice.

There is no tidal wave of patients moving to Oregon to die, and there is no evidence of a slippery slope toward involuntary euthanasia there, as opponents once feared. At the same time, there is no sign that many states will rush to follow Oregon’s lead on physician-assisted suicide, as supporters still hope.

Though Oregon’s law remains seldom used and unduplicated, its impact on physicians, patients and the movement to improve end-of-life care cannot be overstated.

A well written, balanced article.

For the record I’m for it.  Also for the record, as an EM Physician I’ll never ever be in a position where that opinion matters one whit.