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Oregon

CURRENT STATUS: ENACTED

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The Oregon Death with Dignity Act went into effect on October 27, 1997.

Oregon’s ground-breaking law is the first of its kind in the United States. The law works exactly as intended and exactly for whom it was intended, clearing a path for other states to follow.

Timeline of Death with Dignity in Oregon

2019

2019

On July 23, Governor Kate Brown signs into law a bill giving physicians the ability to waive the 15-day waiting period for patients who are imminently dying. The law went into effect on January 1, 2020.

2006

2006

The Federal Government loses its case against the Oregon law. The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Oregon physicians can prescribe life-ending medication under the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

1997

1997

Once again, voters approve the Oregon Death with Dignity Act after a three-year legal battle with the federal government. This time, the law passes by an even greater margin. Federal attempts to intervene will continue through 2006.

1994

1994

Voters approve the Oregon Death with Dignity Act by ballot.