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Oregon Senate Committee Votes Out SB 494, Endangers Patients with Mental Illness or Dementia

Salem, Ore–Yesterday the Oregon Senate Rules Committee passed out Senate Bill 494 on a party-line vote. Touted as a “simple update” to Oregon’s current advance directive, this bill is designed to allow for the starving and dehydrating to death of patients with dementia or mental illness.

Senate Bill 494 is little more than the state colluding with the healthcare industry to save money on the backs of mentally ill and dementia patients. This bill would remove current safeguards in Oregon’s advance directive statute that protect conscious patients


  1. Sandra Reed on June 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

    do unto others as you want them to do to you.

    Do YOU want to be starved to death???
    We have no right to take another persons life.
    It does not belong to us.

    Why would you want to kill another person by starving and refusing to give them water to drink? Why would you be so cruel? We don’t even allow people to do that to ANIMALS
    If you devalue life because of age or ability you beciome judge and god.
    There is a TRUE AND REAL GOD AND CREATOR……….. and we are HIS creation.
    We are not animals, we are HUMAN BEINGS given the ability to CHOSE to do good or evil.
    We have been given the ability to love and help one another.
    money cannot buy love.
    love is grown and given, it multiplies, it heals, it covers, it gives life.If you don’t know this love, ask God to reveal it to you,
    YOU must be open to recieve it that means put your defenses down, and be willing to surrender to love that is true and real, and
    died to give you life. Jesus. Ask Jesus to heal your pain.

  2. Nancy Lea on June 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This bill is murder, plain & simple. In no way should this pass.

  3. Victress Jenkins on June 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    This is truly shameful that medically vulnerable people are being victimized by the state of Oregon. They should be ashamed of themselves for passing this type of legislation. I hope the legislators in that state remember this when/if they get to that state of health.

  4. Justin on June 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Both my grandparents died this past year with dementia. In a thousand years they never would have considered this to be ok. My grandpa was married to my grandma nearly 70 years and would kill for the chance to spend one more second with her. Don’t make him come after you.

  5. larry & Gladys trickett on June 8, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Please vote against this bill. …it is unconstitutional. …..and remember your not exempt from this. God is the one rhat says when we die….not you… will be held responsible for these lives.

  6. Pamela Clearwood on June 8, 2017 at 11:03 am

    It is cruel and abusive. Prison inmates are treated better!

  7. Pamela Stiegeler on June 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This is nothing short of Euthanasia! This is how the Nazis started to purge those they deemed unfit to live! This must be stopped now! Oregon will become a death camp!!!

  8. Sueso on June 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t understand how any decent society even can consider such a thing! This isn’t a novel, is it?

  9. Alayne on June 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    It will be a very sad day if such a bill were to pass. My own mother and several close friends had dementia and lived for many years in their own homes with help of family and caregivers. They did succumb to the disease and it’s side effects. They certainly had difficult days but also moments of clarity and were given comfort by the love they felt from family and friends. In my opinion, unless a person has a directive that specifically identifies their wish to hold food and water at the end of their life, no one should be able to make that decision for them. What this bill would allow is reminiscent of what happened in Nazi occupied Europe to the sick and mentally ill during WWII.

  10. Gary L Gross on June 9, 2017 at 7:33 am

    This is totally cruel to any patient. If this is the rule it should include mandatory retirement of anyone age 65 including government workers. It should also allow social security payments for only 5 years, disallow any kind of state workers retirement, as it is a burden on all Oregonians, they can have S.S. for 5 years, anyone convicted of drug abuse, molestation, murder, drunk driving or causing a death due to cell phones or having a buzz should be included in this bill and deprived of food and water. Therefore Senators, Reps, any public official, lawyers should have to be included. God will get you for this kind of behavior and betrayal to the people who hired you.

  11. Kate Foley on June 10, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I sent the below e-mail to Sen. Courtney and cc’d radio talk show hosts. One did read the e-mail on his show. SB 494 needs to be broadcast nation-wide and to Conservatives nation-wide. Liberals always project that Conservatives will threaten citizens’ well-being. This bill is proof of the Liberal agenda. We need to fight the Liberal policies on a National Basis.

    From: Kate Foley
    Date: Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 7:40 AM
    Subject: SB494 a bill to kill and balance the budget

    One angry man, sick of his demented wife in memory care conceived an ideology that

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