Ballot Measure 16

A bill in Oregon that legalized physician-assisted suicide with certain restriction. It was narrowly approved—51% of the voters—and has withstood challenges by the federal court. The state of Washington voted on a similar measure—initiative 1000—and approved it with 58% of the voters
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If Ballot Measure 16 withstands all court challenges, Oregon will go beyond the precedent set by the Netherlands, where doctors may assist death with impunity (under guidelines) but without explicit legal sanction.
Catholic church officials and ethicists reacted with alarm to Oregon's new physician-assisted suicide law, the Ballot Measure 16 that passed in the November general election.