Assisted-suicide has been legal here in Oregon since 1997. It was enacted by a ballot measure that I voted for. In 2000, I was diagnosed with cancer and told that I had 6 months to a year to live. I knew that our law had passed, but I was not sure how to go about doing it. I tried to ask my doctor, but he didn't really answer me. In hindsight, he was stalling me, trying to get me to change my mind.
I did not want to suffer. I wanted to do our law and I wanted my doctor to help me. Instead, he encouraged me to not give up and ultimately I decided to fight. I did chemotherapy and radiation. It is now thirteen years later. I am so happy to be alive!
Assisted-suicide should not be legal. Oregon and Washington have made a terrible mistake.
King City, Oregon