Angela Morrow, RN, CHPN, a registered nurse at Hospice Austin, in an Aug. 29, 2017 article, "Reasons for Seeking Physician-Assisted Suicide," available at, stated:

“Physician-assisted suicide is legal in five states as of 2017: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Vermont, and California. It has been legal in Oregon since 1997 and the Oregon Health Authority produces a yearly report on PAS.

The reasons patients gave when requesting PAS in Oregon has been consistent in reports for 20 years:

  • 90 percent reported a decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable
  • 90 percent reported loss of autonomy
  • 65 percent reported loss of dignity.”
Aug. 29, 2017