Oregon Statutes - Chapter 127 - Powers of Attorney; Advance Directives for Health Care; Declarations for Mental Health Treatment; Death with Dignity - Section 127.570 - Mercy killing; suicide.

(1) Nothing in ORS 127.505 to 127.660 and 127.995 is intended to condone, authorize or approve mercy killing, or to permit an affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life, other than to allow the natural process of dying. In making a health care decision, a health care representative may not consider an attempted suicide by the principal as any indication of the principalís wishes with regard to health care.

(2) The withholding or withdrawing of a life-sustaining procedure or of artificially administered nutrition and hydration in accordance with the provisions of ORS 127.505 to 127.660 and 127.995 does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide, assisting a suicide, mercy killing or assisted homicide. [1989 c.914 §14; 1993 c.767 §17]

Section:  Previous  127.535  127.540  127.545  127.550  127.555  127.560  127.565  127.570  127.575  127.580  127.585  127.605  127.610  127.615  127.620  Next

Last modified: August 7, 2008