VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB494
This bill repeals advance directive form and establishes Advance Directive Rules Adoption Committee to adopt a form. Eliminates certain clarifying definition from the law allowing principles freedom to their own directive. Creates a new Health Care Representative form.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Patients would no longer need an advance directive, since an authorized guardian, spouse, a majority of their children, their parents, a friend, or if none is available, an attending physician can order the withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures. Bill allows a patient’s representative to remove undefined “life-sustaining procedures” if the patient has “a progressive illness,” has stopped talking, and cannot recognize family members.
Gives surrogates the ability to withdraw food and fluids from Alzheimer’s patients, dementia patients, and mentally ill patients by removing the definitions of tube feeding, life support, and dementia, along with all references to power of attorney from current Oregon advance directive law. But, it leaves the definitions in the advance directive form patients would fill out. The bill’s wording is intentionally vague to make everything very unclear and subject to whatever the people surrounding the patient want to do.