End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

13 years of Death With Dignity for Oregonby Sonja

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In 1997 Oregon voters approved the Oregon Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) by ballot initiative, permitting terminally ill patients, under proper safeguards, to request a prescription for medication from their doctors that they can choose to ingest to bring about a peaceful death.

Each year The State of Oregon Department of Human Services reports on the DWDA. After 13 years, there is clear evidence that terminally ill patients and their families are benefiting from aid in dying. Further, the number of Oregonians receiving aid in dying through Oregon’s landmark DWDA has remained stable over the years as the process became a normal part of end-of-life care options.

To learn more about the 2010 Oregon Death With Dignity Act report, visit our Oregon affiliate’s page.