New US act overturns legality of doctor assisted suicide in OregonBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7220.1312e (Published 13 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1312
- Fred Charatan
Last month the US House of Representatives passed the Pain Relief Promotion Act, which effectively supersedes the state of Oregon's 1997 Death with Dignity Act. The Senate version, introduced by Senator Don Nickles and 31 cosponsors, seems also likely to pass.
Oregon is the only US state where doctor assisted suicide is legal. It allows voluntary self administration of lethal drugs expressly prescribed by a doctor for that purpose. It prohibits euthanasia—whereby a doctor directly administers a drug to end another person's life.
The new federal law's …