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"I have seen firsthand how the law has changed the relationship between doctors and patients, some of whom now fear that they are being steered toward assisted suicide."
... Dr. William L. Toffler, professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.


"The word "compassion" comes from the Latin root meaning "to suffer with." Assisted suicide kills a human being, but there is another victim. Our humanity -- the capacity to suffer with the most vulnerable members of our society -- dies as well."
... Dr. Jose A. Bufill, medical oncologist (USA Today; June 4, 2002)

"It is not surprising that the numbers of assisted suicides have doubled. Nor should it be surprising that they may again double and redouble over the years. Assisted suicide is now legally acceptable there, and people are becoming more aware of its availability. The social stigma dissolves and, most important, it is a cheaper and easier alternative than caring for terminally ill and disabled persons. Oregon has introduced a bad apple in the health care barrel."
... Tom Marzen, attorney for the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependant and Disabled, commenting on the Oregon'a assisted suicide law's 2002 figures. (March, 2003)

"It would be like someone driving down a highway and the state decided that they would no longer have any law enforcement officers near the highway to see if people are driving within the speed limit. But if instead they said, 'When you reach your destination, call us and tell us whether you broke the law.' It wouldn't make any sense, and yet that's exactly how the reports are coming out of Oregon. This is very important for people to realize, not only in the United States, but also across the world because Oregon is being used as the model for assisted suicide working well" ... Rita L. Marker, JD, executive director of The International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (2007).

The US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached by calling 800-273-8255. For those who don't want to speak to a counselor, there's also a national Crisis Text Line available 24/7 by texting "home" to 741741.