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Two Euthanasia Bills Scheduled for Votes

Two bills, House Bill 2217 and Senate Bill 579, both of which would expand Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, have been scheduled for votes in their respective committees.

“Vulnerable Oregonians in medical crisis need protection and support,” said Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “These bills would do the very opposite of that and place them in even greater danger.”

Senate Bill 579 would remove the 15-day waiting period for people who are near-death. This would also make it substantially easier for malicious people to pressure a dying person to request, receive, and take lethal drugs rather than consider other options.

SB 579 has been scheduled for a hearing on April 5 followed by a vote on April 8.

House Bill 2217 would expand an already dangerous loophole in the existing law. It would make the lethal medication deliverable by IV, injection, gas mask, and other ways. This will make it far easier for people with malicious intent to deliver medication to ailing patients. A wide variety of people including medical professionals opposed HB 2217 at the public hearing.

It has been scheduled for a committee vote on April 9.

“Even activists in favor of physician-assisted suicide testified against HB 2217 because of the loopholes endangering Oregonians,” says Anderson.

“We will continue to stand guard and oppose legislation that puts innocent Oregonians in danger,” says Anderson.

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  1. Susan Fisher on May 1, 2019 at 10:56 am

    God has commanded “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. This is murder by healthcare policy and action. This is against God, mankind, and our constitutional liberties that guarantee an unviolated right to life for all people outside of a conviction of a crime in a court trial (due process of law).
    It is significant that at these hearings, the persons saying ‘NO’ are themselves often physicians, and the general public that are totally repelled by these demands (sometimes posed by legislators and persons connected to medical practice or ethics).
    Our country is founded upon biblical and moral principles and all legal writ must uphold these – or what is the purpose of “law”!
    Our society depends upon the reversal of the ungodly laws that have been made condoning the taking of life in “healthcare” settings. Only God knows when and how a person is to pass on. Whether they are dying or not, a healthcare practitioner should not be involved in administering lethal medications.
    My dad was one among many who were given breathing depressants (unknown and untold to the family that morphine was a breathing depressant) as part of a DNR with “comfort”. This is not comfort, but the suppression of the breathing mechanisms within the body that will produce death when not removed (morphine drip solution – pain meds attached to the person when the breathing tube is removed, along with all other substances including nourishment and curatives). This was murder and I have been unable to get a jury trial for this cause becase of torte reform laws. Do not get a DNR with “comfort”. Pray that God will help our nation to become aware and to demand a repeal to these “laws” that are unconstitutional and aimed at all people.

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