I recently watched this documentary, and was curious to read this board's thoughts on doctor assisted suicide, and Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. As mentioned in the title, How to Die in Oregon
chronicles the stories of several people who have decided to end their life via doctor assisted suicide. This documentary in available on Netflix Instant for anyone who wants to watch it.
I'm particularly interested to hear from those who oppose this Act, and their reason why. Hopefully we'll have some good discussion and not too many personal attacks...
Some background on how the Death with Dignity Act works:
quote: LINK Oregon.gov Revised Statute How to Die in Oregon Wikipedia How to Die in Oregon IMDB
Under the law, a competent adult Oregon resident who has been diagnosed, by a physician, with a terminal illness that will kill the patient within six months may request in writing, from his or her physician, a prescription for a lethal dose of medication for the purpose of ending the patient's life. Exercise of the option under this law is voluntary and the patient must initiate the request. Any physician, pharmacist or healthcare provider who has moral objections may refuse to participate.
The request must be confirmed by two witnesses, at least one of whom is not related to the patient, is not entitled to any portion of the patient's estate, is not the patient's physician, and is not employed by a health care facility caring for the patient. After the request is made, another physician must examine the patient's medical records and confirm the diagnosis. The patient must be determined to be free of a mental condition impairing judgment. If the request is authorized, the patient must wait at least fifteen days and make a second oral request before the prescription may be written. The patient has a right to rescind the request at any time. Should either physician have concerns about the patient's ability to make an informed decision, or feel the patient's request may be motivated by depression or coercion, the patient must be referred for a psychological evaluation.
The law protects doctors from liability for providing a lethal prescription for a terminally ill, competent adult in compliance with the statute's restrictions. Participation by physicians, pharmacists, and health care providers is voluntary. The law also specifies a patient's decision to end his or her life shall not "have an effect upon a life, health, or accident insurance or annuity policy."