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In Oregon, Choosing Death Over Suffering

Date: June 1, 2004
Authors: John Schwartz and James Estrin
QUOTE: Arthur W. Wilson sits in his study, breathing oxygen through a nose clip and pausing frequently for the coughs that rack his body. "I'm not suicidal," he said. "I'm sane."

ABSTRACT: Years after Oregon's controversial "Death with Dignity" law went into effect, the widespread negative effects that many critics of the legislation expected have not come about. Patients praise the measure for allowing them more control over the last days of their lives.

--- Nathan Hurst

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