December 28, 1994 |
A judge blocked Oregon from putting its first-in-the-nation assisted suicide law into effect Tuesday until a court can decide if the voter-approved measure is constitutional. Measure 16, narrowly approved in November, allows a patient to request a lethal dose of drugs if at least two doctors determine the person has less than six months to live. "Surely, the first assisted suicide law in this country deserves a considered, thoughtful constitutional analysis," U.S.
December 8, 1994 |
A law that would have made Oregon the first government in the nation to allow doctor-assisted suicides for the terminally ill was blocked by a federal judge Wednesday, a day before it was to take effect. U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan in Eugene issued a temporary restraining order, saying he wanted to hear arguments on whether the law is constitutional. He scheduled a Dec. 19 hearing. The state's voters approved Measure 16 on Nov. 8.
November 11, 1994 |
Oregon has become the only place in the nation that will let doctors hasten death for the terminally ill. Measure 16 on Tuesday's ballot passed 52% to 48% Thursday. Not all the absentee ballots were counted, but both sides said they do not expect the margin to change when the tally is completed today. Measure 16 will allow a patient with six months to live to ask a doctor to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to end unbearable suffering.
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November 5, 1994 |
In a rare confluence of opinion, faith groups from Buddhists to Baptists have united behind the Roman Catholic Church to fight an assisted suicide measure on Oregon's general election ballot. Supporters of the measure have portrayed the opposition as Catholics who are out of touch with the rest of society. The Catholic Church has raised three-quarters of the $1 million being used against Measure 16, much of it from collections during Sunday services.
October 23, 1991 |
In the early afternoon of the day she killed herself, Ann Wickett Humphry, 49-year-old author and once-vocal right-to-die activist, made a final call to her friend Julie Horvath in Los Angeles. "She said she was checking out," recalls Horvath, who had just returned from visiting Windfall Farm, Humphry's 50-acre ranch 25 miles north of Eugene. "I said, 'Let me come up.' She said, 'No.' I said, 'I love you. Come down here and I will support you. I will help you.'
October 9, 1991 |
A co-founder of the Hemlock Society right-to-die group was found dead in central Oregon, and her former husband said he believed she killed herself. An autopsy was scheduled for Ann Wickett Humphry, 49. She went through a difficult divorce last year and had battled breast cancer. Ex-husband Derek Humphry, with whom she founded the society, said the malignancy had been removed and that he was unaware of any recurrence of the cancer. But he said she had been depressed.