Senate Bill 579 would eliminate physician-assisted suicide waiting periods for those near death. The Oregon Senate passed the bill 16-11 with Democratic Senators Courtney and Gelser opposing the bill.
SB 579 has been scheduled for a public hearing and work session for tomorrow in the House Rules Committee.
“Every person has a right to be valued and treated ethically, especially during their last days of life,” says Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “Persons near death deserve the same protections under the law. Even more, they deserve proper care, compassion and confirmation of their inherent value, not a deadly prescription.”