Oregon's voters approve assisted suicide measureBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1391a (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1391
- Fred B Charatan
- Freelance Journalist, Florida.
Voters in Oregon have approved a measure giving doctors the right to prescribe a lethal dose of a drug to terminally ill patients. Measure 16 was approved in this month's midterm elections in the US by 53% to 47%, in contrast to similar measures in Washington state in 1991 and California in 1992, which were defeated (BMJ 1991; 303: 431).
Measure 16 says that a qualifying patient (a capable adult and resident of Oregon) with six months or less to live can ask the attending doctor for drugs to end his …