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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on Act 39. The two questions being examined: “Is Act 39 working?” and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?” Testimony was heard from a dozen people, nearly all of whom acknowledged that there are problems with the law, including the lack […]

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What’s Going On in Oregon?

Think Oregon’s assisted suicide law is killing people “safely”?  W. Carol Cleigh has gone through the annual reports, and what she finds is alarming, in terms of what we know and in terms of what we will never know.  Here’s her article, in italics:   It has been widely asserted in the media storm promoting […]

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Don’t Buy the Myth that Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law Has Been Free of Abuse

This week’s hearings in the Vermont legislature will certainly feature claims that the Oregon assisted suicide ;aw is “safe”, that it has been free from abuse over its 16 year existence.  That is an assertion no one can make.  Oregon conceals the data about individual deaths, citing “privacy” rights.  Oregon’s annual reports give only general […]

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Where Assisted Suicide Legal, There is Pressure to Die: a Letter from Oregon

The letter in italics below was published in the Hawaii Free Press on Feb 15, 2011. It provides further evidence of our contention that people with disabilities are not the only people whose lives are devalued. The lives of people with serious illness and people with old age are also considered not worth living by […]

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