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Despite bipartisan Senate opposition, House moves forward with SB 579

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.”

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