Board Member of Death with Dignity National Center
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The Oregon Death with Dignity Act is supported by nearly seven out of ten Oregon voters and by key statewide officials... When faced with threats from Congress, the Oregon law has been rigorously defended by six out of seven members of the Oregon congressional delegation... Finally, in a 2002 survey that asked candidates their position on the Death with Dignity Act, twelve of the thirty state senators and twenty-five of the sixty state representatives serving in the 2003 Oregon legislature supported the law in writing.
Support for Oregon's new law cuts across party, faith, and gender lines...popular and institutional support for death with dignity within Oregon is at an all-time high. Surveys fielded in other states, including Maine in 1998, Hawaii in 2002 and 2003, Vermont in 2003, and Arizona in 2003, all indicate, as in Oregon and the nation as a whole, a high level of popular support for death-with-dignity reform.
In sum, support for death with dignity is consistently strong within and outside of Oregon and still trending upward."
"Political Strategy and Legal Change," in Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice, 2004
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Lead author of Oregon's Death With Dignity Act, 1993
Political and Legal Strategist, 1993–1994 campaign to pass Oregon's Death with Dignity law and again during the 1997 campaign to prevent its legislative repeal
Co-Founder, Oregon Right to Die
Founding President, Oregon Death With Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center
Founding President, Oregon Death With Dignity Political Action Fund
Defended the Death with Dignity law in the first federal court challenge, Lee v. State of Oregon
Represented a physician and pharmacist against the Attorney General in Gonzales v. Oregon