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2013

Sociology

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Portland State University

Assisted suicide -- Oregon -- Public opinion

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Public Opinion And The Oregon Death With Dignity Act, Peggy Jo Ann Sandeen Jun 2013

Public Opinion And The Oregon Death With Dignity Act, Peggy Jo Ann Sandeen

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Oregon voters legalized physician-assisted death in 1997 by passing the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. This law allowed terminally ill, mentally competent adult residents of the state to legally obtain a physician's prescription to hasten death under narrow sets of circumstances. The purpose of this study was twofold: to examine contemporary patterns of support for the law in Oregon and to explore how opinions have changed over time on the issue. This study examined patterns of public support among a random sample of registered Oregon voters for the state's death with dignity law, using a mixed mode (mail ...