Oregon Bill to Eliminate Waiting Period for Assisted Suicide Passes in the Senate


Senate Bill 579 is the second assisted suicide expansion bill to have a hearing in the Oregon Legislature and it was approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.  The bill removes waiting periods in the law proponents claim protect against abuse and same-day suicides.

Under current law, a person making a request has to wait a minimum of 15 days before they can make the second oral request.  SB 579 will remove the 15-day waiting period if an “attending physician” determines a person will die before the waiting period ends.  SB 579 would allow them to make both the initial and second oral request simultaneously.

SB 579 also removes the 48-hour waiting period. Before a physician can write a prescription for the lethal drugs, they must wait for a minimum of 48 hours after the patient makes their written request before writing the prescription. SB 579 would allow the prescription to be provided as soon as the oral requests and the written requests are made.

“Opponents said doctors aren’t always right when it comes to diagnosing how long a patient has left to live. The bill narrowly passed the Senate, 16-11. All Republicans present voted against the measure, as did two Democrats: Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis. The bill now heads to the Oregon House.”

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