Under the law, doctors can prescribe medication to hasten the death of a terminally ill patient with a six-month prognosis. Patients must be mentally competent and they must administer the medication to themselves. Since Oregon’s law was enacted, the practice has become legal in Washington and Montana.
Goodwin got his six-month prognosis from his doctors two months ago . He died in his home surrounded by his family.
Do you have memories of Peter Goodwin? What do you remember about the campaign for Oregon’s Death with Dignity law?
- Barbara Coombs Lee: President of Compassion and Choices and one of the chief petitioners for the 1994 ballot measure that created the Death with Dignity Act