Death with Dignity

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Some terminally ill patients could bypass the 15-day waiting period for the Death With Dignity Act under a bill approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.

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Terminally ill patients who want to end their own life would have additional options under a measure up for a vote Monday in the Oregon House.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Supporters and opponents of a proposed expansion of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act spoke out at a hearing at the state capitol Tuesday. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

More people used Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to end their life in 2018 than in any other year since the law took effect in 1997. Now, state lawmakers are considering proposals that would expand the law to make it easier for someone to seek medical aid in dying.

Todd Dalotto

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with an overflow crowd at a town hall meeting in Albany Saturday. The audience expressed fear and concern about the Trump Administration.

Recorded on: October 28, 2016

Air Date: October 31, 2016

Coordinator: Joel Korin

In 1998, Oregon became the first state in the nation to enact a Death with Dignity law, allowing physician-assisted suicide. The law’s use has steadily increased since then. In 2013, approximately 130 prescriptions were written, and about 70 were used to end life.

Lyle Rudensey

People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to end their lives. But that medication has skyrocketed in price over the last year. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.