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Key question: Does the evidence from Oregon justify support for assisted dying in the UK?

Our view

The current law in the UK does not work. Evidence from Oregon shows that an assisted dying law is safe and practical.

Assisted dying has been legal in Oregon since 1997. There have been no cases of abuse, no extension of the law and no ‘slippery slope’.

None of the fears expressed by those who opposing change in Oregon have come true. Yet opponents of a change in the law in this country still use the same, discredited arguments.