Physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and Washington.

Oregon’s and Washington’s experience of Physician-Assisted Suicide.

In this report (the first of two reports on the experience of jurisdictions which have legalised ‘assisted dying’) Catherine Simon updates Living and Dying Well’s 2010 research report on Oregon’s experience of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) since 1998.

Her report also includes the first three years experience of neighbouring Washington State, which legalised PAS in 2008.  She concludes that there are “lessons to be learned” from Oregon’s and Washington’s experience of licensing physician-assisted suicide and that these are “too important to be brushed under the carpet with assurances that all is well”.


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