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Oregon reaffirms assisted suicide

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1251
  1. John Roberts
  1. ashington state

    Voters in the western state of Oregon have upheld the United States's first law that allows assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

    In 1994 Oregon, known for attempts at various types of medical reform, narrowly passed a law that permitted doctor assisted suicide. The law was challenged in the courts, which declared that states have the right to pursue such approaches. Opponents of suicide, most notably the Roman Catholic church, spent over $4m (£2.5m) to bring the issue back.

    In one of the …

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