On July 24, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 579 into law. Oregon’s state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 579 with a vote of 35-22 on Tuesday, June 18.

On April 5, 2019, Compassion & Choices testified in support of Senate Bill 579, which would allow doctors to make an exception to the waiting period requirements if the patient is not expected to live through the 15 day wait. SB 579 passed the Senate, and was heard by the state House of Representatives Rules Committee on June 5. Compassion & Choices testified in support. 

On May 9, Compassion & Choices testified on HB 2217.

Compassion & Choices supports increasing access to medical aid in dying by removing unnecessary regulatory requirements, while maintaining the established eligibility criteria that has demonstrated the efficacy of the practice. While we agree with the bill sponsor that eligible terminally ill residents should have access to medical aid in dying, we can not support this bill in its current form.

The nation’s first Death with Dignity Act, co-authored by Compassion & Choices President
Barbara Coombs Lee, was affirmed by an Oregon ballot initiative in 1994. Barbara was the chief spokesperson for this monumental law through two statewide campaigns, in 1994 and 1997. The first authorized prescription for medical aid in dying was written in December 1997 by Dr. Peter Reagan, former Compassion & Choices medical director.

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