Oregon's voters approve assisted suicide measure

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1391
  1. Fred B Charatan
  1. 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 …

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