Oregon's Guidelines for Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Legal and Ethical Analysis

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Christine Neylon O'Brien

Boston College - Carroll School of Management

Gerald R. Ferrara

Bentley University - Department of Law

Gerald A. Madek

Bentley University - Department of Law

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Date Written: October 28, 1999

Abstract

The author considers an Oregon state law enacted after the Supreme Court ruled that states had the power to enact physician-assisted suicide regulations. This article offers an analysis of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act and associated Task Force Guidelines. These are reviewed for their legal content as well as their ethical composition. Furthermore the author considers these events in a managed care environment where health decisions are impacted by economics and other factors.

Suggested Citation

O'Brien, Christine Neylon and Ferrara, Gerald R. and Madek, Gerald A., Oregon's Guidelines for Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Legal and Ethical Analysis (October 28, 1999). Business Law Review, Vol. 32, pp. 81-115, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1495815

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