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At Liberty to DieThe Battle for Death with Dignity in America$
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Howard Ball

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791042

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791042.001.0001

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The Pioneering PAD States

The Pioneering PAD States

Oregon and Washington

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At Liberty to Die

Howard Ball

NYU Press

This chapter examines the factors that accounted for successful efforts to legitimatize physician-assisted death (PAD) in Oregon and Washington State. In 1994 and in 1997, Oregon passed the nation's first end-of-life PAD legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act (ODWDA). In 2008, the Washington Death with Dignity Act (WDWDA) was enacted. This chapter considers the hardball politics that surrounded passage of both PAD bills and why opposition to PAD did not prevail. It first provides an overview of ODWDA and the legal challenges it faced between 1995 and 2005, including those from President George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress. It then turns to WDWDA and the Montana Supreme Court's decision in Baxter v Wyoming (2009) allowing doctor assistance in dying.

Keywords:   physician-assisted death, Oregon, Washington State, PAD legislation, Oregon Death with Dignity Act, Washington Death with Dignity Act, George W. Bush, Republicans, Montana Supreme Court, Baxter v Wyoming

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