Ghoulish Oregon law allows doctors to starve & dehydrate mentally-incapacitated patients to death

A law in Oregon legally allows medical practitioners to starve and dehydrate to death patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s or another mental illness who are deemed mentally incompetent.

The law began as Senate Bill 494, with a vague, uninformative title: “Relating to health care decisions; prescribing an effective date.” The summary of the bill is a bit more informative, but still obscure: “Establishes Advance Directive Adoption Committee for purpose of adopting form of advance directive to be used in this state.

But Steven Ertelt of LifeSiteNews rightly warns that SB 494, touted as a “simple update” to Oregon’s current advance directive, actually is designed to allow for the starving and dehydrating to death of patients with dementia or mental illness by removing current safeguards in Oregon’s advance directive statute that preserve Oregonians’ ability to receive food and hydration even if they lose mental competency.

SB 494 targets people who become mentally incapable of making health care decisions, such as someone with dementia, but who can still eat, drink and make other everyday choices.

How SB 494 works:

  • Oregon had an advance directive that allowed a person to specify types of care they will want, including instructions for end-of-life-care such as tube feeding, as well as who will be their health care representative if they become mentally incompetent.
  • Under the advance directive law, if it’s not clear what a mentally incompetent person desires or wants, the person’s health care representative did not have the authority to end the incompetent person’s life unless the person is in a specific end-of-life situation.
  • SB 494, however, removes the advance directive document from Oregon statute. The result is that an incompetent person’s life may be ended according to the wishes of their health care representative, even if it’s against the unwritten or ambiguously written desires of the incompetent person.

Gayle Atteberry, former executive director of Oregon Right to Life, said SB 494 is  pushed by big medical insurance companies:

This bill, written in a deceiving manner, has as its goal to save money at the expense of starving and dehydrating dementia and mentally ill patients to death. Oregon law currently has strong safeguards to protect patients who are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Nursing homes and other organizations dedicated to protecting vulnerable patients work hard to make sure patients receive the food and water they need.  Senate Bill 494, pushed hard by the insurance lobby, would take patient care a step backwards and decimate patient rights. Oregon Right to Life is committed to fighting this terrible legislation every step of the way. We have already seen the outrage of countless Oregonians that the Legislature would consider putting them in danger.  We expect the grassroots response to only increase.”

On February 16, 2018, the Oregon State House passed HB 4135 — the House version of SB 474 — by 35 (D) vs. 25 (R).

On February 27, 2018, the Oregon State Senate passed SB 474 by a 17 (D) vs. 12 (R) vote. Every Democrat, except Sen. Betsy Johnson, voted “yes”. Every Republican except Sen. Jeff Kruse, voted “no”.

On March 16, 2018, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat and known supporter of abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List, signed the euthanasia bill into law, effective June 2, 2018.

Oregonians will now need to specifically opt into an advance directive to ensure that their health care representative does not end their life.

A similar bill, HB 5898, is now being considered by the Connecticut state legislature. (LifeNews)

H/t Lola (aka Yahoo) and Kelleigh

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John Molloy
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John Molloy

How about starving to death the legislators who voted in favor of this bill.

 
Lophatt
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Lophatt

They don’t work for us and their boss is evil.

 
Alma
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Alma

Sounds like II WW and navy concentration camps ran by Dr. Joseph Mengele, to perform his diabolical medical experiments. The Oregon bill is just a form of disposing those that are a burden to the government extracting them from society all done under the law.

 
TrailDust
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Liberalism is evil at its core.

 
Lana
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Lana

Are there really any words for this? “Evil” seems too mild. Yes we know the usual suspects who push all this, but what boggles my mind is the ordinary people who comply with this by supporting these twisted leftist politicians. As someone I know says…how dumb do you have to be and still breathe? Those leftists who claim they are so compassionate and virtuous are starving and withholding water from someone who has no say in the matter… This is one of the most hideous ways to die. Because of the incompetence of the medical deities I almost starved to… Read more »

William
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William

Geez, what is it with Oregon? I remember back in the 90’s when Dr. Kevorkian was still out and about spreading his glad tidings that Oregon passed some kind of state health care program that covered assisted suicide but not hospice care. Even MassHealth covers hospice (along with “gender reassignment” surgery) and Massachusetts is Satan’s Own Commonwealth. And I see there is a provision for mental illness in declaring a person incompetent and therefore eligible to be starved to death. I know from many years of experience that the criteria used to assign a diagnosis of mental illness (and they… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

My twin sister was denied a feeding tube and water by Hospice because they told her husband they were feeding the brain tumor. So he complied. I called the American Cancer Society and they told me food and water is not feeding the tumor, it only makes the patient more comfortable. I told my brother-in-law what the Cancer Society told me and he would not listen. She suffered in that bed and it was horrible to see her denied of basics to keep her comfortable.

 
oldone
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oldone

This is remarkably similar to the British National Health’s “Liverpool Care Pathway”…

 
chemtrailssuck
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chemtrailssuck

Just wait until Oregon’s death culture is complete- they’ll start harvesting their organs and then just let them die, once they realize they can make money off it too, what’s to stop them, their consciences? They don’t have any, apparently.

 
Anonymous
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Anonymous

How socialized medicine keeps those costs down…

 
CalGirl
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CalGirl

Bawling my eyes out. My 95 year-old mother-in-law has had dementia for a few years now. We will NOT put her into public care or private care due to this sort of report about care for these individuals.

 
judgeroybean
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judgeroybean

Hasn’t this been going on for years? First heard of it in early 60s. Cousin born with Down’s Syndrome. Without a twinge of guilt doctor told parents of this option. Made it seem like this was pretty much standard procedure. Parents refused. Child never progressed. Now in her 50s, still cannot comprehend the basics, cannot communicate. Has been in group home 30 years. Has been voting straight democrat all this time.

 
km
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km

Guess they took a new oath eh….