If 39 Percent of the Elderly Want to Die Because They’re Lonely, Should the State Pay for their Suicide?

The Oregon Public Health Division recently released its annual report, “Death with Dignity Act 2015 Data,” which details the number of people who requested physician-assisted suicide last year, and why.

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) was enacted in 1997, which legally permits terminally‐ill adult Oregonians to obtain and use prescriptions from their physicians to self‐administer lethal doses of medications.

But the statistics the Department reports reveal that the greatest number of people dying are elderly, low income, isolated, unmarried/divorced/widowed women– who are not terminally ill.

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