Oregon's Death with Dignity Act Persuasive Essay by Crazy one

Oregon's Death with Dignity Act
This paper discusses the Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and asks if physician-assisted death is death with dignity or assisting in a crime.
# 51967 | 2,230 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Jul 25, 2004 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Medical and Health (General) , Law (General)

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This paper discusses the only successful legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the U.S.A., the Oregon law called the Death with Dignity Act, passed in 1994 by a voter referendum and hung up in court for three years before another voter referendum to repeal the law was defeated in November 1997, and it became legal. The author explains that personal experiences with dying family members led her to believe that terminally-ill patients should have the right to die as they wish, and physicians should have an important role in that decision. The paper relates that the public's support for assisted suicide or physician-assisted suicide has increased over the past 50 years; today 72% of the population supports this issue.

Table of Contents
Overview of the Law
Supporting Arguments

From the Paper:

"The law also requires the prescribing physician to report all requests for medication to the Oregon Department of Human Services. In addition, in 1999, the Oregon Legislature added a requirement that pharmacists must be informed of the prescribed medication's ultimate use. Physicians and patients that follow the above requirements are protected from criminal prosecution under the law. In addition, choosing physician-assisted suicide will not affect the status of a patient's health or life insurance policies. There is no obligation for physicians and health care systems to participate in the law."

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Oregon's Death with Dignity Act (2004, July 25) Retrieved August 18, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/oregon-death-with-dignity-act-51967/

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"Oregon's Death with Dignity Act" 25 July 2004. Web. 18 August. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/oregon-death-with-dignity-act-51967/>