Showing posts with label physician-assisted suicide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label physician-assisted suicide. Show all posts

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Updated Analysis of the Initiated Measure

Margaret Dore, Esq.
To view this analysis as a pdf, click the following links containing: an index; a memo; and an appendix, parts one and two.


I am an attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. Our law is based on a similar law in Oregon. Both laws are similar to the initiated measure.

The measure seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia as those terms are traditionally defined. If enacted, it will apply to people with decades to live; it will encourage elder abuse and financial exploitation, which are already problems in South Dakota. It will allow legal murder.

Don’t make Washington and Oregon’s mistake. I urge you to reject the initiated measure.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In Oregon, Other Suicides Have Increased with Legalization of Assisted Suicide

Oregon Coast
By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA


The initiated measure seeks to legalize physician-assisted suicide in South Dakota. The measure is based on a similar law in Oregon, which was enacted in 1997.[1] Since then, there has been a significant increase in other (conventional) suicides in Oregon. This is consistent with a suicide contagion in which the legalization and promotion of assisted suicide has led to an increase in other suicides. A government report from Oregon states:
The cost of [conventional] suicide is enormous. In 201[2] alone, self-inflicted injury hospitalization charges... exceeded $54 million; and the estimate of total lifetime cost of suicide in Oregon was over $677 million.[2]