Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oregon Doctor-Prescribed Death Law Results in Increased Deaths in 2010

From Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In Oregon, the 2010 Death with Dignity report was released. Once again, the number of assisted suicide deaths have increased. In 2010, there were 65 reported cases of assisted suicide in Oregon. There were 59 reported deaths from the 96 lethal prescriptions that were written with an additional 6 deaths from lethal prescriptions written in previous years.

The Oregon stats continue to indicate that elder abuse is likely. Those who died by assisted suicide indicated that: 61 (93.8%) of the people felt a loss of autonomy, 61 (93.8%) felt a decreasing ability to participate in activities, while 51 (78.5%) of the people felt that they had lost dignity.

Take action! Hawai'i is currently facing the legislative threat of doctor-prescribed death. To join the effort protect the lives of those who would be vulnerable to this deadly bill, contact Hawaii Right to Life at 808.585.8205 or office(at)hrtl(d0t)org.

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