Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Matt Whitaker and Dr. Pete Reagan, presenting “Death with Dignity: Oregon and Beyond.”
In 1997 Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act which allows terminally-ill, mentally competent Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medication, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose. Since its enactment 752 terminally-ill Oregonians have utilized this option. Four other states have now authorized the practice of aid-in-dying and in many other states legislation is being introduced to provide patients the same choice. Dr. Reagan will speak on the implementation of the law in Oregon, the ethical ramifications of authorized aid-in-dying, and models for normalizing and integrating end-of-life choice into standard medical care.
Dr. Pete Reagan was the first doctor to prescribe under Oregon’s Death With Dignity law. He retired from Portland Family Practice and joined Compassion & Choices Oregon as a Medical Director in 2012. Matt Whitaker is Compassion & Choices’ Oregon Director.
- On the web: www.compassionandchoices.org/oregon