Oregon Oncologist Speaks of the Tragedy of Physician-Assisted Suicide

(Lauren Hill, (picture) has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and has been given only a few months to live. She just played in the opening basketball game at Mt. St. Joseph University.)

Physician-assisted suicide has recently been in the media because of Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, who came to Oregon and died of suicide from an overdose of barbiturates on November 1, 2014. The assisted suicide proponent organization, Compassion & Choices (former Hemlock Society), has orchestrated and centered a skillful media campaign about her story to promote further legalization of physician-assisted suicide.

She was attractive, young, recently married, and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Even though she was very functional and able to travel to the Grand Canyon in recent weeks, she ended her life prematurely a few days ago with the drug overdose.

My 47-year experience caring for patients with cancer in Oregon has been rich with experiences with patients. Since Oregon’s assisted suicide law was passed by voters in 1994, I have studied the law and its effects and led efforts to fight it.

Brittany Maynard’s story is currently in the news, but there are other stories regarding assisted suicide in Oregon.

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