VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2232
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HHC/Overview
This bill expands allowance to anyone diagnosed with a terminal disease to request drugs to end their life after a 90-day waiting period, and allows request at any time for those with less than six months to live.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Terminal disease is a disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, produce or substantially contribute to a patient’s death. The prognosis of six months or less to live was a key component that voters passed in 1994, this bill eliminates that requirement. At least 90 days waiting period between the date a patient receives a terminal disease diagnosis and initial oral request for medication unless diagnosis results in death within six months. Allows administration of the deadly drug through IV or feeding tube and must be self-administered.
The self-administering of an IV or tube feeding will be hard to prove as most patient are cared for when on tube feeding, which may fill the courts with unlawful death suits