The Oregon Death With Dignity Act experience

Professional Oregonians talk about their experience with the Death With Dignity Act, in effect since 1997.


In this thirteen minute video, Oregonians share their experiences of the State's Death With Dignity Act, in effect since 1997. How the Act has worked successfully is described from the medical, palliative care, patient advocate, hospice, legislator and other perspectives, including the daughter of an individual who used the Act.

Part 1 covers attitudes and apprenehsions prior to the Act coming into effect.

Part 2 (2'05") reveals how patient-family-doctor conversations have improved immensely since the Act came into effect.

Part 3 (4'25") discusses the modest numbers of patients using the Act, and that many more Oregonians achieve peace of mind knowing they have a choice even if they don't use it.

Part 4 (7'30") describes how people are free to participate or not, that it is not the 'vulnerable and disenfranchised' who use the Act, and that only minor changes have been made to the Act in order to clarify certain matters, such as residency status.

Part 5 (10"50') concludes with opponents acknowledging there's no evidence for their claim that the Act has caused a 'slippery slope' effect, and State leaders clarifying that the Act has worked as intended, with positive outcomes for the people of Oregon.

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