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Published On: Sun, Jul 28th, 2019

Gov Kate Brown signs Oregon euthanasia bill, ends waiting period

Oregon Governor Kate Brown agreed to expand the assisted suicide law by signing Bill SB 0579 into law.

This bill, essentially, eliminates the 15 day waiting period to die by assisted suicide, a safeguard that was designed to assure that the person has an opportunity to change his mind.

Proponents of the bill argued that the bill applies only to people with less than 15 days to live, and yet, it is difficult to know whether someone has less than 15 days to live.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition detailed the move, adding “The assisted suicide lobby had argued that assisted suicide laws have not expanded in Oregon, therefore there is no fear of expansion in other jurisdictions. Previous to this bill, Oregon had expanded assisted suicide by re-interpreting the meaning of terminal illness. In January 2018, Fabian Stahle proved that theOregon Health Authority had expanded the definition of terminal illness. Now Oregon has expanded the legislation.”

The Netherlands euthanasia law has also expanded by changing the interpretation of the law.

The latest Netherlands euthanasia statistics suggest that the euthanasia law has been re-interpreted to include euthanasia for “completed life.”

This bill waves the 15 day waiting period, meaning, a person who is approved for assisted suicide can die within days, and if depressed, loses the opportunity to change their mind.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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