Oregon’s Euthanasia Bill Is Intentionally Ambiguous
Savagery can be subtle.Oregon, which in 1997 became the first state in the U.S. to legalize assisted suicide, is considering tweaking the laws surrounding advance directives, the legal documents by means of which a person can dictate ahead of time his desires for end-of-life care. The innocuous-seeming changes that Senate Bill 494 proposes would permit the state to starve certain patients to death.Under current state law, “artificially administered nutrition and hydration” -- intravenous feeding by tubes -- does not include food administered normally: “by cup, hand, bottle, drinking straw or eating utensil.” The latter category, unlike the former, is considered
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