Euthanasia Bill Dies in Closed Committee

Sharolyn Smith

Salem, OR–Oregon Right to Life has been fighting a sinister bill, SB 494, in the Senate since the beginning of session. This bill, which passed the Senate 17-13, would have given the power to health care representatives to starve and dehydrate people with mental illnesses including dementia.

After passing the Senate, SB 494 was assigned to the House Judiciary committee. However, the Judiciary committee closed June 2, effectively killing the bill for this session.

“We are so thankful to our pro-life Oregon senators who stood so strongly against SB 494 and gave momentum to the opposition, which our pro-life House representatives then use to help send SB 494 to a dead end,” said Gayle Atteberry, ORTL executive director. “Had this bill become law it would have been used to end the lives of innocent Oregonians who are not in the active dying stage but are afflicted with mental illness. Thousands of Oregonians wrote to their legislators expressing horror about this bill that exemplifies just how extreme Oregon’s politicians have become.”

For media inquiries, please contact Liberty Pike, ORTL communications director, at or 971-645-6585.


  1. Praise the Lord! Thanks to all who worked this Bill, you are the BEST!
    Pat Epperly

  2. This bill should have NEVER MADE IT THROUGH THE SENATE!!! Shame on each of you for voting on this and may God have mercy on your souls! Christians need TO STAND WITH JESUS AND STOP OREGON POLITICIANS FROM ANY MORE SATANIC ACTS!

  3. We live in another state. My wife was recently diagnosed with dementia. Her wish was to go to live with her family in Oregon if something were to happen to me. After reading about this bill, we are revising our provisional plans and encouraging her family in Oregon to consider moving to Texas! No physician assisted suicide or almost passing legislation reminiscent of the Third Reich’s view on dealing with lives “unworthy of living”. (reference Tiergartenstrasse IV or Aktion T4 program implemented for mentally disabled children in 1939-1941 some 70,000 people were granted a “merciful death” through this program).

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