Oregon doctor testifies
SACRAMENTO — “Since the passage of Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law, I have learned the significant harm and danger of assisted suicide to the vulnerably ill and to society,” Dr. Kenneth Stevens, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University said in Feb. 8 testimony to the Judiciary Committee of the California Assembly.
The state is considering a bill that would give California a law similar to Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
“The assisted suicide focus is not on comfort care, is not on pain management and is not on palliative care,” he told lawmakers.
“When a doctor writes a prescription for lethal drugs for assisted suicide, the message to the patient is: ‘I don’t value you or your life.’”