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Published On: Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018

Oregon expands their euthanasia laws, allowing patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s to be starved to death

Oregon became the first U.S. state that legalized doctors killing sick patients and now has passed a bill that critics say will allow healthcare givers to starve to death mentally ill patients.

Oregon’s Senate passed House Bill 4135 on Tuesday (17-12) and in the House two weeks ago (35-25). This is an update to Oregon’s Advance Directive Form and paves the way for healthcare givers to remove access to food and water for many patients, including those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Touted as an update to Oregon’s Advance Directive Form, critics say the bill paves the way for healthcare givers to remove access to food and water for vulnerable Oregonians with illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) Executive Director Lois Anderson says the effect of the bill is that “vulnerable Oregonians are left without protections and their right to basic care like food and water.”

“The advance directive was put into Oregon statute back in 1993,” State Rep. Bill Kennemer (R) explained, adding that it was “very well vetted” and “thoroughly discussed.”

“If it were to be removed from statute, I fear the legal protections we carefully placed there could be jeopardized, potentially harming end of life decisions for vulnerable patients,” he added.

Under the old advanced directive, caretakers may not decide to starve a mentally impaired patient to death unless that caretaker has been given decision-making authority by the patient before becoming mentally impaired with four rare exceptions.

HB-4135 reverses that provision unless the patient has made a contrary advanced directive.

“If signed into law, HB-4135 would endanger Oregonians with dementia and Alzheimer’s, allowing their healthcare representatives to remove their access to food and water,” the ORTL website explains.

“It’s disappointing that House Democrats passed a bill that has obvious and significant problems,” Anderson added.

“Oregon’s advance directive is a critical document that deserved more than three weeks of rushed deliberation,” Oregon Right to Life Political Director David Kilada told Life Site News.

“The disregard every single Democrat in the Oregon Legislature had for the concerns raised about House Bill 4135 was disgraceful.  Stakeholders — including doctors, an attorney, and thousands of Oregonians — expressed concern that the bill would have unintended consequences endangering vulnerable people.  These concerns were ignored.”

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