First proposal to legalize
Sanctity of life
Potential for abuse
Professional Integrity- Hippocratic oath
"Slippery Slope" argument
People have the right to die
Patients have the right to the kind of treatment they want.
Since the low passed in 1997, total of 1,545 people have had prescription written under the DWDA, and 991 have died from ingesting the medication.
Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.
"The history of the law's treatment of assisted suicide in this country has been and continues to be one of the rejection of nearly all efforts to permit it. That being the case, our decisions lead us to conclude that the asserted 'right' to assistance in committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause."
Washington v. Glucksberg
US Supreme Court Majority Opinion
June 26, 1997
In a democratic society we all should have freedom to choose.
"A state's categorical ban on physician assistance to suicide -- as applied to competent, terminally ill patients who wish to avoid unendurable pain and hasten inevitable death -- substantially interferes with this protected liberty interest and cannot be sustained."
ACLU Amicus Brief in Vacco v. Quill
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Dec. 10, 1996
Source: euthanasia.procon.org; http//www.healthoregon.org/