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HB 2217 Scheduled For Hearing

House Bill 2217, one of four bills this legislative session that would expand Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, has been scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. in room Hearing Room E. Oregon Right to Life opposes this bill.

Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law contains a frightening loophole in which someone else could get away with administering the drugs to a helpless victim. HB 2217 expands this loophole by changing “taken” to “self-administer.”

“The word ‘taken’ was specifically chosen when the law was passed,” says Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “It was selected so that it was clear that it was a conscious individual picking up the medication, placing it in their mouth and swallowing it.


  1. Ray Barbee on March 18, 2019 at 11:38 am

    This change in wording is a total abdication of responsibility by law makers to all OREGON citizens. It should be tossed out immediately with no further consideration.
    It is a license for euthanasia…pure and simple.

  2. Barbara Starr on March 18, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I vigorously oppose this law. It is too easy for a person too push a person to “self administer” or for someone else to administer the drug and say it was self administered.
    With the easing of getting rid of “unwanted” children now we are doing it on the other end of life. Soon it will be only those of the elite or in power who have the right to live.
    Only God has the right to make these decisions.

  3. Myrna Shaneyfelt on March 18, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    It is a terrible law already. Adding to this makes one afraid of the doctors/hospitals.
    Vote NO on HB 2217

  4. Theresa Molthan on March 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I oppose HB 2217. All human life is precious from conception to old age. No one has the right to take another

  5. Alan Clark Miller on March 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    At least, under the present law, a patient had to pick up and place the death pill in his own mouth. Now this bill proposes to allow the poison to be administered by IV, feeding tube or injection….and all done by a second party. This legislation would be considered fiendish and unacceptable in any civilized society.
    Please table or reject House Bill 2217 in committee!

    Respectfully submitted, Alan Clark Miller
    Silverton, Oregon

  6. Kathy on May 10, 2019 at 8:43 am

    This is completely wrong. It’s inmoral and should not be allowed. No one should play God and decide how’s to live and how’s to die. This state has enough problems, don’t make it the death state too. This makes it easy for other people or family members to decide that their parent or grandparent or even child has suffered enough and just kill them off and say it’s better this way. Stop these bills from being passed, OR does not need it want it to pass.

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