Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Oregonian Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“By the time the Supreme Court finally had its say last Tuesday, Oregon had rolled up nearly a decade of experience with this law. Many of our practical fears did not come to pass during these years of experience.

Terminally ill people didn’t flock to Oregon from other states to end their lives by assisted suicide.

Relatively few patients actually followed through with the option–just 208 in the first seven years of the program.

Safeguards against abuses appeared to be effective.

Warnings about lethal doses of pills not working as intended proved overblown.”

Editorial, “Message to Congress: Hands off Assisted Suicide Law” Jan. 22, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

Largest daily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest

Mission:

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