October 15, 1997 |
Although the U.S. Supreme Court finally cleared the way Tuesday for Oregon's pioneering 1994 law allowing physician-assisted suicide, it is not likely that any patient will get such aid in dying in the three weeks before voters address the issue yet again in a hotly debated November ballot measure. It may take weeks for the necessary legal documents lifting the existing injunction to wend their way through the various federal and local courts.
June 23, 1997 |
Oregon's pioneering topsy-turvy debate over doctor-assisted suicide is now underway . . . again. When voters narrowly passed a referendum approving the practice in 1994, this frontier-spirited state of 3.2 million became the first to sanction the controversial practice. But opponents rallied, local courts blocked the proposed law and the Oregon Medical Assn. shed its neutrality and came out against the Death with Dignity measure, citing "flaws" highlighted by emerging medical research.
October 2, 1996 |
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether Americans who are terminally ill have a right to get help from their doctors and family members to end their lives. The so-called right-to-die question, to be argued early next year, is probably the most far-reaching constitutional issue to come before the court since abortion.
September 30, 1996 |
The Pacific Northwest, which has spawned consumer revolutions from personal computers to gourmet coffee, has become home to the latest upheaval in individual rights: a terminally ill person's right to "hasten death" with a fatal dose of medication. While maverick Michigan pathologist Jack Kevorkian has made headlines for helping dozens of patients die, a small group of activists in Washington and Oregon has moved quietly--and, so far, successfully--to make the practice legal.
November 4, 1992 |
A far-reaching anti-gay ballot initiative in Oregon that attracted nationwide attention appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, while a milder Colorado measure barring the adoption of gay-rights legislation in that state was winning with most of the vote counted. The measures have been closely watched as flash points in the battle over gay rights, with both sides predicting that passage of either initiative would prompt similar efforts elsewhere.
November 1, 1992 |
Hard by the Columbia River 40 miles northwest of Portland stands the 500-foot Trojan Nuclear Plant cooling tower, a vapor-belching monument to the Nuclear Age. Come Election Day, anti-nuclear activists hope to turn it into a relic. Trojan opponents--worried about safety and the rising costs of running the aging plant--are backing two initiatives on the Oregon ballot this November to shut the reactor right after the election.