Death with Dignity
The State of Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to pass the Death with Dignity Act in 1994,
making it legal for a mentally-competent, terminally-ill adult, with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live, to end their life through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications prescribed by a physician for this purpose.
This was a great victory that allowed eligible Oregonians a more compassionate end-of-life choice. But there are major gaps in the current law. Unfortunately, many people with unbearable or incurable conditions are not eligible to take advantage of the choice provided through the Death with Dignity Act.