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Political Tax Credit

The Oregon political tax credit has been instrumental in many pro-life victories. Most pro-lifers will definitely want to respond before the December 31st deadline. Please read the following explanation to see how the political tax credit can be a powerful resource in defense of life.

A married couple can give up to $100 to a qualified political organization and singles can give up to $50 - and then receive every penny back when they file their Oregon tax return. It’s really that simple.

When using Oregon Personal Income Tax Form 40, the contribution is noted on line 37.

When using Oregon Personal Income Tax Form 40-S you use Credit Code 723 on line 16.

This is money you cannot keep or give to your favorite charity. You must either give it to a qualified political organization or pay it in taxes. In other words, you can take a portion of the money you normally pay in state taxes and instead use it to help fight abortion or euthanasia. That’s why every pro-life taxpayer should be aware of the December 31st deadline. If you don't respond by then, the same amount of money will simply go to the state government.

You can contribute on your credit card or by check. To contribute online, visit our Donate Online page. To send your Political Tax Credit via regular mail, simply print off the Donate Online form (to access the form, click on the ORTL-PAC "Click to Donate" button)and mail your check or credit card information to:

ORTL-PAC 4335 River Rd. N. Salem, OR 97303.


For more information on the Oregon Political Tax Credit visit the Oregon Department of Revenue's Political Contributions Tax Credit information page.


From The Executive Director

Sunday, March 01, 2015
Gayle Atteberry

gayleOregon legislature seeks to expand assisted suicide

Mitch Greenlick chairman of the House Committee on Health Care has introduced a bill which would expand Oregon’s physician assisted suicide law. Currently the law requires a patient be diagnosed with a terminal illness and expected to die within six months before being able to request a lethal prescription. HB 3337 expands the time requirement to one year.

Oregon was the first state to legalize assisted suicide when it passed a ballot measure in 1994. I was involved in fighting that ballot measure as well as the 1997 ballot measure which would have repealed the law. Those involved in trying to repeal the law were aware that this was a defining moment: if assisted suicide was legalized in one state, just like a line of dominoes, many more states would soon follow.

Thankfully, we were not as right as we had thought, and though the pro-assisted suicide folks  quickly started trying to legalize assisted suicide in other states, their efforts were always  defeated… until recently. Physician assisted suicide in now legal in Washington, Vermont, and Montana. Assisted suicide groups are picking up steam and pushing their agenda in many states.

As they promote their agenda, they tout Oregon as a model to follow. However the assisted suicide law is rife with dangers and flaws.

While Oregon’s law requires that patients who are thought to be depressed have a psychiatric exam, only three percent of patients in 2014 were actually seen by a psychiatrist. This low percentage has remained consistent through the years despite an Oregon study which showed that 26% of patients seeking physician assisted suicide are depressed. Depression is the number one factor in people seeking to kill themselves. Clearly Oregon’s law is failing to protect patients who could be treated for clinical depression and possibly miss many treasured times with family and friends.

Some who were first to use Oregon’s law, as well as Brittany Maynard, used their deaths to promote physician assisted suicide, and went to the press to “tell all”. However, other than those highly publicized deaths, we know very little about the other hundreds of assisted deaths. Oregon’s law shrouds all physician assisted suicides in secrecy. There is no peer or state review to see if deaths were carried out according to the law, and after a year all reports by physicians are destroyed. We have a few raw numbers garnered from physicians who self-reported the deaths. There is no way to know if all deaths are reported.

Each year since the law’s passage, deaths from physician assisted suicide have steadily climbed. The number of reported deaths in 2014 skyrocketed 44% over 2013 numbers. One hundred and five patients killed themselves using the law in 2014. Deaths have increased 556% since the law was implemented in 1998.

Contrary to the mantra of pro-assisted suicide folks that unrelenting pain is the reason assisted suicide needs to be legalized, the three most common reason given for using the deadly potion were “losing autonomy” (96%), “less able to enjoy activities” (91%) and “loss of dignity” (75%).

Those who promote assisted suicide pretend they want a very limited law. We knew back in 1994 that was not their goal. Their real agenda can be seen in Belgium and the Netherlands, where they now are legally euthanizing people with “mentally anguish”, with non-terminal pain, and even children can legally request euthanasia. Their goal, it appears, is “death on demand.”

Now in Oregon, the slow, but relentless push to their goal has started.

Predicting a patient’s life expectancy is an inexact science even among the most experienced physicians. We all know patients who have outlived their doctor’s prognosis. One assisted suicide patient who received a lethal prescription in 2012 did not use the drug until 2014. Expanding the time frame to one year strains the capabilities of most physicians.

Unless those doctors who write a deadly prescription one-year ahead of a expected death are given a crystal ball, more mistakes will be made and deaths will increase dramatically. More patients will be abandoned instead of being cared for and comforted, as well as the possibility they may outlive their prognosis or that new treatments- or even a cure- may be discovered.

Expanding the law is bad policy and bad medicine.

Go to our Action Center and send an email to Contact Your Official for your state Senator and state House Representative TODAY and ask him/her to vote NO on HB 3337. Ask him/her politely to not expand Oregon's assisted suicide law!


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