Oregon House Passes Bill Making it Easier to Euthanize Elderly Patients

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 22, 2019   |   5:52PM    Salem, OR

The Oregon House of Representatives today approved a bill that would make it easier to get away with euthanizing patients, especially elderly people.

Monday morning, the Oregon House of Representatives passed House Bill 2217 down party lines. House Bill 2217 will increase the number of ways that the lethal drugs can be administered in physician-assisted suicide, including intravenously, via injection, or through a gas mask.

“Oregon has a problem with elder abuse already,” said Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “House Bill 2217 places vulnerable Oregonians in even greater danger. There is already no safety net in the law ensuring lethal drugs are taken voluntarily.”

“Today, the House voted to make it even easier for lethal drugs to be administered to vulnerable patients with no oversight,” continued Anderson. “Where there was a loophole, there can now be a highway leading Oregonians straight to euthanasia. This was nothing short of a dereliction of duty and reckless disregard for human life.”

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Prior to the vote, three representatives delivered three letters of opposition to every representative: one signed by a coalition of organizations, one by 34 medical professionals, and one by Dr. Richard Doerflinger, an expert on bioethics.

“Let the record show that they were educated when they made this vote,” said Anderson. “They knew the risks for their constituents and still voted in favor of this dangerous piece of legislation.”

For media inquiries or interviews, please contact Liberty Pike, ORTL communications director at 971-645-6585 or by replying to this email.