We will be helping to educate communities about the new change to the Death with Dignity Act in 2020.

In 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 579 into law. This bill allows doctors to waive the mandatory waiting period between requests for medical aid in dying if the terminally ill person is not expected to live through the period. SB 579 went into effect on January 1, 2020. Compassion & Choices testified in support of this bill.

Compassion & Choices supports increasing access to medical aid in dying by removing unnecessary regulatory requirements, while maintaining the established eligibility criteria that has demonstrated the efficacy of the practice.

The nation’s first Death with Dignity Act, co-authored by Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee, was affirmed by an Oregon ballot initiative in 1994. Barbara was the chief spokesperson for this monumental law through two statewide campaigns, in 1994 and 1997. The first authorized prescription for medical aid in dying was written in December 1997 by Dr. Peter Reagan, former Compassion & Choices medical director.

Oregon has two action teams, one in Portland and one in Corvallis. Action Teams are important parts of our campaign. They lead the outreach to local officials and help train local volunteers. If you’d like to get involved sign up to volunteer today!


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