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Supporters of Death with Dignity Hail Failure of HB2016

PORTLAND, OR – Compassion & Choices of Oregon today praised members of
the House Health Care Committee who stopped Oregon House Bill 2016 from
advancing.

The measure aimed to overturn a crucial provision of the voter-passed Death with
Dignity Act. Currently the law allows patients with a terminal illness the right to
request aid in dying from their physician without an automatic presumption of
mental illness and mental incapacity. The sponsors wanted Oregon law to presume
all terminally ill patients who request aid in dying are mentally unfit.

“HB 2016 was designed to burden patients and physicians with needless
procedures and bureaucratic paperwork. The committee leadership was right to
reject it,” said Jason Renaud, Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of
Oregon. “The sponsors sought to erect barriers to access the Death with Dignity
Act. The inability of the sponsors to get even a courtesy hearing for their bill
testifies to the overwhelming support for Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.”

HB 2016 was assigned to the House Health Care Committee. To advance a bill, the
responsible committee must conduct a work session. The Health Care took no
action before the April 8th deadline to schedule a hearing. The Death with Dignity
Act passed in 1997 with over 60% of the vote.

For more information please visit http://www.compassionoforegon.org/