Oregon Assisted Suicide Law Has Major Abuses But State Officials are Ignoring Them

State   Wesley J. Smith   Apr 7, 2015   |   3:30PM    Salem, OR

The suicide pushers always point to Oregon as supposed proof that assisted suicide can be managed and controlled with out abuse. It’s all Kabuki Theater.

Now, a proposal has been filed to expand eligibility to receive doctor-prescribed death from six months to live to one year. Some are tut-tut-ting, but I don’t see why.  Such long-distance prescribing already happens–and nothing is done about it.

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Here’s the proof: The last state annual report on assisted suicide found that people died in 2014 who had been provided death prescriptions in 2012! From the annual state regurgitation report:

Eleven patients with prescriptions written during the previous years (2012 and 2013) died after ingesting the medication during 2014.

So, where are the investigations?  Oh, there are none.

This certainly isn’t the first time.  Michael P. Freeland obtained a lethal prescription two years before he died and was later allowed to keep it by psychiatrists even after becoming so psychotic that he had to be hospitalized.

So, why worry about expanding eligibility? At least it would be honest.

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But don’t look for suicide pushers to support the expansion(for now). The current law let’s people get long-term death prescriptions without fear of consequence and suicide apologists can still pretend it is all under control, enabled by a see-no-evil state bureaucracy.

Ho hum, Who cares?  Look, Kim Kardashian is showing her butt again!

LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.