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Dr. Peter Goodwin, Father of Oregon Suicide Law, Commits Suicide

This is an update to an earlier post I made called  Should Vermonters Be Able To Kill Themselves?

According to Susan D. James of ABC News Health, Dr. Goodwin took his own life on March 11th.

“Under the Oregon law, doctors can prescribe medication to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient with a six-month prognosis. The patients must be mentally competent and administer the medication themselves.

More than 500 people have used the Oregon law to end their lives. The initiative — the first in the country — has survived a Supreme Court challenge. Physician-assisted death is also legal in Washington state.”

Read the rest of the story here.

 

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